On March 5, the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) hosted the 6th annual Somerset County Spelling Bee Spectacular.

The first place winner, and the student who will be representing Somerset County at the National Bee in Washington, D.C., was eighth grader Nitya Kathiravan from Rutgers Preparatory School in Somerset.

The winning word was #314, Telamon. Telamon is a noun, originally a Greek word that then passed into Latin, and defined as a male figure used as a supporting column or pilaster.

6th annual Somerset County Spelling Bee Spectacular

The second place winner was seventh grader Atharv Narvekar from Montgomery Upper Middle School in Skillman.

6th annual Somerset County Spelling Bee Spectacular

The event was presented, judged, and hosted by Somerset County commissioners, Library commissioners, and SCLSNJ staff. Pictured from left to right: Melonie Marano, Somerset County commission deputy director; Joan Pritchard, Somerset County library commission; Shanel Y. Robinson, Somerset County commission director; Brian Auger, county library administrator (standing); Paul Drake, Somerset County commission; and Douglas Singleterry, Somerset County commission.

For more information, email spellingbee@sclibnj.org.