FAIRFIELD — Participants competed for top honors at the annual town-wide Spelling Bee with Teddy Johnson of Roger Sherman School out spelling all other opponents.

Continuing a three-decade tradition, the Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield once again hosted this inspiring event on May 23. Held at Roger Ludlowe Middle School, the event promised to keep audience members on the edge of their seats as the classroom winners from fifth grade classes in Fairfield’s public schools vied to out spell their opponents, and it did not disappoint.

Classroom winners were challenged to spell words such as “momentum” and “gaiety” throughout the nine rounds it took for Teddy Johnson to emerge as the Winner of the Spelling Bee by spelling the word “concentric”. Other top finishers were Second Place winner, Adrian Tran of Stratfield School and Third Place winner, Eleanor Jacob of Burr School.

The top three winners received award medals and special prizes donated by the Fairfield JWC, Bankwell, People’s United Bank, and Saugatuck Sweets in Westport. All Bee participants also received JWC award certificates and goody bags.

This year’s Spelling Bee judges included Helene Murtha, Head of Children’s Services, Fairfield Public Library; Andrea Canuel, Assistant Director Volunteer Program and Service Learning, Sacred Heart University and John Kovach, Editorial Director HAN Network, formally Hersam Acorn Newspapers.

“The Junior Women’s Club of Fairfield was excited to once again host the Town Wide Spelling Bee, where our town’s fifth graders share the fruits of their hard work in class and at home,” says Tanya Annuncio, Bee Co-Chair. “Boy, can these students spell!”

In addition to the Spelling Bee, the JWC of Fairfield hosted its 7th “Touch-a-Truck” event in September, which raised funds for scholarships for Fairfield high school women, and “A Visit to Santa’s House” in December, the proceeds of which benefitted the club’s charitable partner, Alpha Community Services. The club also hosts community service projects and social events throughout the year. To learn more about the club, visit www.jwcfairfield.com. The club can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (twitter.com/jwcoffairfield).