A competition among friends at The HolmstadSep 20, 2016 12:00PM ● By Neighbors Magazines
Pictured with Andersson are The Holmstad’s winning spellers: First place, Inga Lind (middle); second place, Ann Rowland (right); and third place, Carolyn Hawbaker (left).
It was a friendly competition among neighbors who have a fondness for words. The Holmstad retirement community hosted and participated in the first of five Senior Spelling Bees coordinated by State Representative Steve Andersson (R-Geneva). The competition is also part of the community’s month-long celebration of Active Aging Week, an international event led by the International Council on Active Aging to celebrate aging and active living. Of the seven Holmstad residents who competed in the spelling bee, the top three are advancing to the Grand Finale Senior Spelling Bee, where they will compete against the top three senior spellers from neighboring senior living communities. The Holmstad winners were: Inga Lind, first place; Ann Rowland, second place; and Carolyn Hawbaker, third place. Each received a Target gift certificate.