EEF’s Facebook page lists these participants:
“EEF’s 4th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee!
Joseph Blair is the emcee for an evening of lighthearted competition.”
Our spellers this year include:
Edna Meza Aguirre, Planned Parenthood
Fabian Alfie, UA French & Italian Studies Dept.
Art Almquist, Tucson High School
Brent De Raad, Visit Tucson
Steve Farley, Arizona Legislature (State Senator, LD 9)
Kristel Ann Foster, TUSD Governing Board member
Valerie Greenhill, EdLeader21
Kate Hoffman, Live the Solution
Martha McSally, US Congresswoman (CD 2)
Lisa Lovallo, Cox Communications
Lea Marquez-Peterson, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Freddie Martinez, UBS
Regina Romero, Tucson City Council (Ward 1)
Jeff Ronstadt, Ronstadt Insurance
Mark Rubin, Mesch Clark & Rothschild law firm
Joaquin Ruiz, UA College of Science
Larry Sakin, Sakin Foundation
Angie Johnson-Smith, Smith & Dale Consulting
David Slutes, Club Congress
Wendy Erica Werden, Tucson Electric Power
Good luck with the speling be (purposely misspelled by yours truly).
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Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014.
Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter.
She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).
LD 9 State Senator and UA Professor Fabian Alfie tied for 1st place. Way to go guys.