Annual Lenon Wisdom Memorial Spelling Bee

About the Spelling Bee


Worth Township’s Annual Spelling Bee is open to all public, parochial, private schools, and home schooled children within Worth Township from the 5th and 6th grade (Junior Division) and the 7th and 8th grade (Senior Division). The spelling bee is held in the month of April. Students must be sponsored by their school to compete in the Township-wide spelling bee.

Lenon Wisdom was on the Board of Commissioners of the Worth Township Youth Commission. He had a strong commitment to the youth and the educational programs provided by the Youth Commission. So, through Mr. Wisdom’s commitment to youth and education, the Worth Township Spelling Bee was created fourty two years ago. Since then, hundreds of children have competed in this event from every part of the Worth Township reminding us how important it is for our children to accomplish and strive for excellence in education.  Every year many parents, grandparents, teachers and principals come to watch the competition unfold and we are proud to welcome all of you.

Even though Mr. Wisdom is no longer with us, the Worth Township continues his dream and our commitment to education through the Lenon Wisdom Memorial Spelling Bee.


42nd Annual Lenon Wisdom Memorial Spelling Bee


Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan is pleased to announce the winners of the 42nd Annual Lenon Wisdom Memorial Spelling Bee.  The competition was held on Friday, April 12, 2019 at Worth Township located in Alsip, Illinois. 

Senior Division Winners

1st Place:       Leo Chavez – St. Gerald

2nd Place:      Karen Szwajlik – St Gerald                    

3rd Place:       Alan Treto – St. Linus School

Senior Division Winners

Holding their trophies in the first row (left to right) are:  2nd Place Winner: Karen Szwajlik – St Gerald, 1st Place Winner: Leo Chavez – St. Gerald, 3rd Place Winner: Alan Treto – St. Linus School

Pictured in back row: Illinois State Representative Kelly Burke, Illinois State Representative Fran Hurley, Worth Township Trustee Kelly Sexton–Kelly, Illinois State Senator Bill Cunningham,  Worth Township Trustee Eamon McMahon, Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan



Junior Division Winners

1st Place:       Josip Paraga – St. Gerald

2nd Place:      Imani Brown – Southwest Chicago Christian              

3rd Place:       Isaiah Jones – Southwest Chicago Christian          

Junior Division Winners
Holding their trophies in the first row (left to right) are: Imani Brown – Southwest Chicago Christian, 1st Place Winner: Josip Paraga – St. Gerald,      3rd Place Winner: Isaiah Jones – Southwest Chicago Christian

Pictured in the back row: Worth Township Trustee Kelly Sexton–Kelly, Illinois State Representative Fran Hurley, Illinois State Senator Bill Cunningham,  Worth Township Trustee Eamon McMahon, Worth Township Supervisor John O’Sullivan,  Illinois State Representative Kelly Burke