M.A.T. Students at the IPEI Spelling Bee, 2009
On November 15, 2009, MAT candidates Mim Readling, Nicole Hartz, and Rachel Woodward braved the buzz at the Ithaca Public Education Initiative's annual Adult Spelling Bee, which took place in the gym at Ithaca High School. IPEI provides small grants for faculty and students in the Ithaca City School District. The bee emphasizes obscure words borrowed from foreign languages. Although they were eliminated after their fourth word--the Scottish dialect word "lachan," meaning a small lake--Mim, Nicole, and Rachel lasted longer than the typical team, and they left the field with honor.