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Bill Smith, who has run the Orland Park Open Spelling Bee for the past 39 years, poses with a toy bee that was given to him a few years ago by Orland School District 135 officials. Smith is to be back for the 40th bee on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Civic Center. JEFF VORVA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA
Brian Sullivan, of Orland Park, won five Orland Open Spelling Bee titles. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO
Jeff Vorva, Sports Editor
6:58 am CDT October 10, 2018
Last year, a blind contestant entered. In the past, there have been deaf contestants, mute contestants and contestants in wheelchairs.