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    The Stayton “Super Spellers” Hone Their Spelling Powers to Participate in Spelling Bee for a Cause

    What do three retired teachers have in common besides their past profession? They have all joined forces to coach the Stayton Super Spellers, a team from The Stayton at Museum Way who will participate in The Tarrant Literacy Coalition’s spelling bee fundraiser next week. The Stayton will support the Coalition by participating as a sponsoring organization.

    “It’s fun to do,” said Jane Parris, who served as a speller for last year’s team and is one of the coaches for this year’s team. “Everybody at The Stayton is very supportive. We’re pumped. We expect about 30 residents to attend and cheer on our team. We’re ready to go.”

    The team from The Stayton will have a large show of support. The team and their cheering squad will show up in costumes related to the Superhero theme. They have made 30 capes in Stayton green donning a big Stayton “S” on the back. They will all wear Superhero masks and bracelets, and the supporters will bring large signs with classic Superhero sayings, such as “Ka-Pow” and “Bap,” which they plan to hold up each time their team spells a word correctly.

    “Last year our team won the Best Buzz award, which was selected by the audience for best spirit participation, costumes and visuals,” said Amy Janak, lifestyles director at The Stayton. “With our ‘super’ new theme, I have a feeling we’ll create quite a buzz again this year. I can’t wait to go and cheer on our ‘Super Spellers’!”

    The teams are made up of three people and one alternate. One person is selected as the speller, but they are able to confer with their team if they are unsure how to spell a word. The team has been training hard. They have met weekly to go over a list of words provided by the coalition. To stay competitive, the team also downloaded a list of frequently misspelled words that they’ve practiced during their coaching sessions. Next week, the team will take on an additional practice to prepare before the event. As last year’s speller, Parris has been able to share some wisdom with this year’s team.

    “My advice is to be calm and take a deep breath,” said Parris. “Picture the word in your mind and don’t get in a hurry. Enunciate clearly and enunciate each syllable. If you’re unsure, confer with your teammates. It’s supposed to be a fun thing. If you look at it that way you don’t get nearly as stressed out about it.”

    Parris, the other coaches, the team and the large group of supporters look forward to cheering on the Super Spellers as they compete while also supporting a great organization.

    The Tarrant Literacy Coalition Corporate Spelling Bee will be held Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 at the TCU Brown-Lupton University Union.


    Located in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, The Stayton at Museum Way is an 11-story, three building community featuring 188 independent living residences with a variety of spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. In addition to resort-style independent living, The Stayton provides onsite assisted living, memory support, and private skilled nursing for life care residents and others in the community.

    The Stayton at Museum Way, a Masterpiece Living® community, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, Mirador in Corpus Christi and The Barrington of Carmel in Indianapolis. For information call (817) 439-6936 or visit www.thestayton.com.

    Image courtesy of The Stayton at Museum Way
    Image 1: Stayton Super Spellers
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