Pender Education Partnership

The mission of the Pender Education Partnership is to enhance innovative, educational opportunities for the students of Pender County Schools by collaborating with educators, parents, businesses and the greater community.

PENDER COUNTY – The Pender Education Partnership (PEP), a foundation that supports students and staff with scholarships and min-grants, will host their Fourth Annual Spelling Bee April 25 at Heide Trask High School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the bee begins at 6 p.m.

“Each year this event grows simply because the teams share with colleagues that this competition is a fun event and it’s for a wonderful purpose – to support our Pender County Schools students and staff,” said Dave Stipe, PEP president.

“The spelling bee is fun because it’s a team event,” said Stipe. “Teams work together to determine the correct spelling. And if they don’t get the correct spelling, teams can buy back into the competition. It’s an evening of laughter, cheers, and misspelled words.”

Last year the event attracted 21 teams from the business and education community. Teams are comprised of up to six members with four participants at the competitors’ table. Teams may rotate in participants. During the spelling bee, teams are given a word and the word is used in a sentence. The team becomes a hive of activity as they confer and agree upon a spelling. The word is written on a white board. Incorrect spellings may disqualify; however, teams have an option to “buy back in” with word coupons.

“Throughout the evening, we have raffles and awards presented to the teams with the best costume, the best cheering section, and the best team name,” said Stipe. “The spelling bee champion take home a large trophy and bragging rights for the year.”

Registration of teams is open to companies and organizations. Registration is $100 per team. The first 10 teams to register receive one free word coupon. Registration forms are available online at, under Community/ Community info tabs.

“Last year we were able to give four additional students scholarships as a result of this successful event,” said Stipe.

For more information about the PEP Spelling Bee, call 910-274-2100.

Heide Trask High School is located at 14328 NC Hwy. 210, Rocky Point.


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