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River Falls Public Library hosts first ever spelling bee

The first ever Spring Break Adult Spelling Bee was held at the River Falls Public Library at 6 p.m. on March 16. With the championship on the line, Eugene Meuwissen spells emulous. (River Falls Journal photos by Matthew Lambert)1 / 7
The contestants were playing for a trophy and other prizes like an Applebee's gift card, honey buns, and cheerios. All bee related. 2 / 7
River Falls Library Youth Services Librarian Monica LaVold stumps spelling bee contestant Wendy Marson with the word unctuous. 3 / 7
Meuwissen is the first ever champion of the Spring Break Adult Spelling Bee.4 / 7
Sherrie Eifealdt attempts to spell galumph.5 / 7
Claire Leitschuh receives a word from Heather Johnson, the Adult Services and Circulation Librarian at the library. Leitschuh was just one letter short of spelling truculent correctly. 6 / 7
University of Wisconsin-River Falls student Tyler Wolfe kept time, Library Director Nancy Miller checked spelling, Amy White looked up words in the dictionary upon request, and Katie Chaffee helped double check all of the words. 7 / 7

Valence. Popinjay. Veracious. Truculent. 

These are just a few of the words that contestants at the first ever Spring Break Adult Spelling Bee attempted at 6 p.m. on March 16 in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library.

The event was free and open to the public and featured four contestants.

Heather Johnson, the Adult Services and Circulation Librarian at the library, said that she was "nervous" about running the spelling bee. Johnson said she hadn't been a part of a spelling bee since she was in grade school.

Eugene Meuwissen won the competition by spelling emulous in the final round, taking home the trophy.

Matthew Lambert

Matthew Lambert joined the Pierce County Herald and River Falls Journal in December 2016 covering government, school board, and writing features about the community. He is a graduate of Winona State University with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism.