Meet the RVNAhealth Spelling Bee Contenders from Danbury: Ryan Arconti, Fairfield County Bank

RVNAhealth Spelling Bee is Wednesday, March 18 at The Ridgefield Playhouse

On Wednesday, March 18, the 2020 RVNAhealth Spelling Bee contenders will bring to Ridgefield Playhouse their quick wits, steely nerves … and of course, family and friends to cheer on their efforts. Who will walk away with the crown that evening is anybody’s guess. In the meantime, during the weeks and days leading up to the big event, we are sharing sneak peeks of each of our estimable contenders.

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Ryan Arconti, Fairfield County Bank

Hometown: Danbury, CT
Spelling Bee History: None to date, but – editor’s note - can one be in marketing and NOT know how to spell?

Why Ryan is going to win this year's Spelling Bee: “A spelling bee is a like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." (Which might sound familiar to Forrest Gump fans!)

The 2020 Contenders

Ryan Arconti, Fairfield County Bank
Annie Cozens, Ridgefield High School and Boys & Girls Club of Ridgefield
Lieutenant Brian Durling, Ridgefield Police Department
Edton Ganal, MD, OrthoConnecticut 
Pete Goldstein, Adam Broderick Salon & Spa
Liz Hartery, Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC
Michael McNamara, Ridgefield High School Music Department
Cindy Merritt, RVNAhealth
Sarah Zitnay, Nod Hill Brewery
Naomi Collinge-Riek, Fit Club
Emma Karl, Ancona’s Wines & Liquors

More on the Bee …

What are the rules?

Our Bee is modeled after the famous National Scripps Spelling Bee – with a few twists. One of our special rules of play is that contestants are allowed a “lifeline” in the audience to help them out with difficult words. See the full list of rules here. 

How do you ensure that everyone follows the rules?

We have judges for that! This year, they are Theresa Santoro, RVNAhealth president & CEO; Geoffrey Morris, editor and publisher, TownVibe and the winner of the inaugural RVNAhealth Spelling Bee in 2012; and 2019 Spelling Bee champion, Basil Kolani of Ridgefield Academy. 

  • Date: Wednesday, March 18
  • Time: 7:00pm
  • Location: Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Road, Ridgefield, CT 

Thank You to Our Generous  (and Bee-loved) Spelling Bee Sponsors!

Title Sponsor
Fairfield County Bank

Queen Bees
Adam Broderick Salon & Spa
BMW of Ridgefield

Honey Bees
Chipman Mazzucco Emerson LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Eric Freidenrich
We Do Lines/Young’s Fencing

Worker Bees
Montanari Fuel Service, Inc.
The Groom Room
The Pilates Barre
Turner Mechanical Services, Inc.
Webster Bank

The Buzz…

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