Seventh Annual Seniors Spelling Bee Winning Word
Unanimous! 

 City of Pembroke Pines Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus

Pembroke Pines, FL…May 19, 2017 Owen Cooke was the “Unanimous” winner at the Seventh Annual Spelling Bee held at the City of Pembroke Pines Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus. The competition between the final three contestants was friendly and intense as they all listened closely as Dictionary Judge Lily Mazurek, winner of the 2016 Seniors vs. Seniors Spelling Bee and 2016 Lady Pines, pronounced each word.  Prior to the competition Suzy Felix, Spelling Bee Stage Monitor and Activities Coordinator for The Center, advised the competitors of the rules. 
 
Owen Cooke won the 2017 Spelling Bee when he spelled the word “Unanimous” correctly.  Cooke is a repeat winner having won the 2015 Spelling Bee by spelling Guillotine correctly.  Second Place was awarded to Mary Stephens and Third Place to Martha Schrier who was crowned 2017 Lady Pines in April.  Each winner received a certificate and a cash prize: First Place $50, Second Place $30 and Third Place $20.
 
“The Spelling Bee is a great mind challenging event. Standing on stage can be daunting for some, but once the contest gets going nerves are forgotten,” said Suzy Felix, Spelling Bee Host and Special Activities Coordinator at The Center.  For information about classes, programs, activities and events, please call 954- 450-6888 or please visit The Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus.
 

A popular rental venue for celebrations, seminars, special events year round, The Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center Campus , 301 N.W 103rd Avenue in Pembroke Pines, hosts daily classes, workshops and events for its members 18 years and older; membership is free. The Center is also a transportation hub. The Free Community Bus Service operates six days a week, with connections to Broward County Transit.  The Center is easy to find, immaculate, diverse, welcoming and opportunities abound for those wanting to enhance their lives. Visit The Center and leave with inspiration to: volunteer, work out in the gym, play pool, dance, build a support network, read a book, attend an event and much more. Questions please call: 954.450.6888.

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Valerie L. Moran,
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Winners of the 7th Annual Spelling Bee

Pictured above are photos from the Seventh Annual Spelling Bee for people 60 years and older at the Pembroke Pines Carl Shechter Southwest Focal Point Community Center. 1.  Martha Schrier 3rd Place, Owen Cooke 1st Place, Mary Stephens 2nd Place, 2. Standing Martha Schrier 3rd Place, Owen Cooke 1st Place, Mary Stephens 2nd Place, seated Hope Baker, Lily Mazurek, Suzy Felix and Valerie Toth, 3. Spelling Bee Officials Valerie Toth Recording Judge, Lily Mazurek Dictionary Judge and 2016 Lady Pines and Hope Baker, Time Keeper, 4. First Place winner Owen Cooke also won First Place in the 2015 Spelling Bee. (Jpegs available upon request)


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