The Region 13 Regional Spelling Bee hosted by
Maine Township went 13 grueling rounds before Bill Peterhansen (front row
left), representing Eisenhower Public Library in Norridge, emerged the winner,
and Bruce Hirsh (front row right), representing Fleetwood-Jourdian Community
Center in Evanston, took second place.
They were among 20 seniors from 11 senior programs who participated in
this annual event at Maine Township Town Hall,
Park Ridge on
Monday, June 3. Peterhansen took first
place by spelling the word “dragomen” which means an interpreter or guide for
travelers, especially in countries where Arabic, Turkish, or Persian is spoken.
Also at the event (back row from left) were Trustee Walter Kazmierczak, Supervisor Carol A. Teschky and Pronouncer
Susan Lempke, Assistant Director of Niles Public Library.