The Bee 2017

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Join us to celebrate our 35th anniversary at a very special edition of The Bee!

The Bee is a fast-paced, grown-up spelling competition where teams of six people compete for the prize of spelling bee champion.

This year's event will take place on Thursday, April 27 at the engine fueled by c3/consulting.

There will be food, drinks, special guest judges and a chance to test your spelling skills to the max. Best of all, all proceeds go to the Nashville Adult Literacy Council and our mission to empower adults through literacy!

Teams compete in groups of six. You can register as a full team or as an individual and we'll match you to a team on the night. Tickets are $55 in advance or $65 at the door. Remember, all proceeds will go towards our work with adult learners in your community.

Pictures of Bee Attendees

Our Special Guests

Beemaster: Rhori Johnston

Rhori Johnston is an Emmy-award winning journalist and co-anchor on NewsChannel 5. He is also an occasional host of OpenLine, a nightly, issues-oriented, call-in program on NewsChannel 5+.

Rhori has served as our master of ceremonies at The Bee for the past four years.

Follow him on Twitter @NC5_RJohnston

Judge: Andrew Maraniss

Andrew Maraniss is the New York Times-bestselling author of STRONG INSIDE, the biography of Perry Wallace, who was the first African American basketball player in the Southeastern Conference. STRONG INSIDE has since been adapted for Young Readers, an edition that was selected by the American Library Association as one of the Top 10 biographies for youth in 2017. Andrew is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and lives in Brentwood with his wife and two young children.

Follow him on Twitter @trublu24

Timekeeper: Jacobia Dowell

Jacobia Dowell is a second term elected Metro Councilmember representing District 32 of Metropolitan Nashville Davidson County. She represents the fastest growing area of Davidson County. District 32 spans across both the suburban Antioch, Southeast Nashville and the rural Cane Ridge communities.

As a Councilmember, Jacobia has served on numerous committees including the Budget and Finance, Public Safety and the Metro Nashville Audit Committee. Serving the community is a way of life for Jacobia. She has lent her time to volunteering and serving on the board of many nonprofits in the Nashville community.

Jacobia is committed to making Nashville a place for all of us. She is committed to improved education, mass transit initiatives, economic development and safety. In her spare time, she loves to ski, attend musical events, hike and gardening.

Follow her on Twitter @JacobiaDowell

Presenting Sponsor


Dollar General

Anniversary Level Sponsors

CAT Financial

Major Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors