SPELLING BEE Winner: Amelia Bozeman

Nov 04, 2022 at 01:45 am by WGNS


(MURFREESBORO) The 2022 Read To Succeed Celebrity Spelling Bee was held Thursday evening (11/3/2022) at the Copper Ridge Event Venue. In the 15th round, Amelia Bozeman won the competition by successfully spelling "xylorimba". She is the director of the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at MTSU.

FYI: Xylorimba is a large xylophone with an extended range of five octaves.  Try working that word into a conversation the next time that you are with a group of friends. 


The fifteenth and final round consisted of Bozeman, along with community volunteer Anna M. Stewart, and MTSU's Dean of Applied Sciences Dr. Greg Van Patten. Read to Succeed Executive Director Jolene Radnoti told NewsRadio WGNS that the goal for the non-profit was surpassed...

 The award for the person who collected the most donations was community volunteer Anna Stewart. She did both one-on-one collecting as well as fund-raising with the internet. As a result, there were many donations from distant places...

The 2022 Celebrity Spellers were:  

  • Amelia Bozeman, Director of Tennessee Small Business Development Center at MTSU
  • Mark Gonyear, Principal at Plainview Elementary School 
  • Romel McMurry, Healthcare Liason, Change Healthcare
  • Vonchelle Stembridge, Facility Director, Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center
  • Trey Duke, Director, Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Kedrick Howse, Business Development Officer, Redstone Federal Credit Union
  • Missy Lay, owner, Wild Goose Chase & Events
  • Freda Morgan, Vice President & Relationship Manager, SmartBank
  • Ann M. Stewart, community volunteer
  • Dr. Greg Van Patten, Dean of Basic & Applied Sciences, MTSU

The pronouncer for the event was Rev. Martha Touchton with St. Marks United Methodist Church. 

Judges for the 2022 Read To Succeed Spelling Bee were: Michael Linn White, Francela Salas, Matthew Joseph, and Head Judge Paige Hendrickson. Special thanks to A. N. Production, Kyle Saunders, and NowTech Productions for handling the sound. 

One-Read Announced 

During the Spelling Bee, Radnoti announced the 2023 One Community Read. It will be Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

This non-fiction book is written from the perspective of following the live of four of her patients. Then the therapist herself becomes a part of the study when she is devastated by a romantic split and ends-up with counseling as well.  This is an honest book, that's illuminating and also very funny! 

Starting in January, 2024, the book Maybe You Should Talk To Someone will be available at the Rutherford County Public library System or a Simply Pure Sweets on the east side of the Murfreesboro square.

Read To Succeed is a local non-profit that was established in the summer of 2003. It was created to promote family reading in Rutherford County.  For more information about them, visit their website:  http://readtosucceed.org.  If you have questions, or would like to volunteer or contribute to the organization, phone 615-738-READ (7323).


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