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Somerset County Library System of New Jersey to Host Countywide Bee Spectacular Scripps Spelling Bee For Third Year

//Somerset County Library System of New Jersey to Host Countywide Bee Spectacular Scripps Spelling Bee For Third Year
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Somerset County Library System of New Jersey to Host Countywide Bee Spectacular Scripps Spelling Bee For Third Year

On March 10 from 2-6 p.m., the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey (SCLSNJ) will host their 3rd Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular, for children up to eighth grade, at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.

“The Bee is a great way to connect the community and to underscore the Library’s commitment to education and literacy,” said Brian K. Auger, county library administrator.

The winner of SCLSNJ’s Bee Spectacular will be eligible to attend the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. at the Library System’s expense. Additional prizes will be awarded including a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online.

“The Bee is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the achievements of our students throughout Somerset County,” said Jessica Trujillo, youth services manager. “We have a mix of private, homeschool, and public school students participating in our Spelling Bee. Each year we gain new participating schools and have grown from the 19 during our inaugural year to this year’s 33. Our goal is to have all Somerset County elementary and middle schools participating in the Spelling Bee Spectacular.”

“The Spelling Bee truly creates a buzz in our schools,” said Lisa Romano, language arts and social studies supervisor at the Montgomery Upper Middle School and Montgomery Lower Middle School. “Those students who choose to participate in the bees begin talking with one another about words. It is fun to hear their conversations. Once the preliminary round is complete, we create a Google Classroom comprised of the top 10 finalists as a vehicle to support communication and share study resources. In the classroom, students support one another during and even after the school’s final competition. The Spelling Bee helps to cultivate a love of learning within a community that fosters resilience and team effort.”

SCLSNJ is delighted to announce the following students who will be participating in the 3rd Annual SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular (information appears as placard number for spelling bee, child’s first name, child’s last name, child’s grade, school child attends, location of school):

  1. Aishwarya Dodda, Grade 7, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg
  2. Mihir Joseph, Grade 5, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater
  3. Andre Rivera, Grade 6, Immaculate Conception School, Somerville
  4. Tarun Nadhamuni, Grade 4, Amsterdam Elementary School, Hillsborough
  5. Nyssa Luis, Grade 3, Crim Elementary School, Bridgewater
  6. Deandre Newton, Grade 4, Stony Brook School, North Plainfield
  7. Suhan Sharma, Grade 3, Central Jersey College Preparatory Charter School, Somerset
  8. James DiCostanzo, Grade 3, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater
  9. Kevin Chen, Grade 6, Warren Middle School, Warren
  10. Sergio Quiceno, Grade 7, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Bernardsville
  11. Shaan Lodhia, Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough
  12. Eva Malleo, Grade 5, Bernardsville Middle School, Bernardsville
  13. Sari Estomata, Grade 7, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Bernardsville
  14. Zorian Little, Grade 4, West End School, North Plainfield
  15. Elizabeth Morton, Grade 5, BRIGHT Homeschool Co-op, Bound Brook
  16. Freddie Gordon, Grade 5, Auten Road Intermediate School, Hillsborough
  17. Clarissa Antonette Furtado, Grade 7, Franklin Middle School, Somerset
  18. Andrew Shi, Grade 8, Warren Middle School, Warren
  19. Sofia Parillo, Grade 5, Sampson G. Smith School, Somerset
  20. Sanjana Bandi, Grade 7, Central Jersey College Preparatory Charter School, Somerset
  21. Catherine Yu, Grade 8, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater
  22. Isha Korgaonkar, Grade 6, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman
  23. Shannen Gallagher, Grade 8, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge
  24. Sukrithi Bharadwaj, Grade 6, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater
  25. Aarav Gonsalves, Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater
  26. Anya Verma, Grade 3, Bayberry School, Watchung
  27. Aimey Sebastian, Grade 8, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman
  28. Aahana Palyada, Grade 5, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater
  29. Keshi Shah, Grade 3, Adamsville Elementary School, Bridgewater
  30. Chinmayi Chittamuri, Grade 6, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset
  31. Isa Malik, Grade 4, Stony Brook School, North Plainfield
  32. Natalie DeVito, Grade 8, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge
  33. Aryan Desai Shah, Grade 8, Franklin Middle School, Somerset
  34. Bradley Rosas, Grade 4, East End School, North Plainfield
  35. Sethuram Jeevanandham Kamalakannan, Grade 6, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater
  36. Anush Polamraju, Grade 7, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset
  37. Anjali Krishnamurti, Grade 7, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg
  38. Julia Gomes, Grade 8, North Plainfield Middle School, North Plainfield
  39. Anushka Chaudhary, Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater
  40. Rhea Patel, Grade 5, Valley View School, Watchung
  41. Anushka Nair, Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough
  42. Brian Li, Grade 8, Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills
  43. Barath Sekar, Grade 3, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater
  44. Zachias Noble, Grade 6, Sampson G. Smith School, Somerset
  45. David Vaz, Grade 5, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook
  46. Akshara Arvind, Grade 3, Adamsville Elementary School, Bridgewater
  47. Ishaan Shetty, Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater
  48. Ananya, Srinivasan, Grade 6, Auten Road Intermediate School, Hillsborough
  49. Ishaan Dhankhar, Grade 6, Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills
  50. Pradnesh Thoppay, Grade 5, Bernardsville Middle School, Bernardsville
  51. Hamza Ramadan, Grade 4, East End School, North Plainfield
  52. Kaden Li, Grade 4, Bayberry School, Watchung
  53. J’khia Gaskin, Grade 8, North Plainfield Middle School, North Plainfield
  54. Saharsh Bangaru, Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater
  55. Aashi Mishra, Grade 7, Valley View School, Watchung
  56. Rohan Athreya, Grade 7, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman
  57. Aryahi Narvekar, Grade 5, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman
  58. Katie Wei, Grade 6, Immaculate Conception School, Somerville
  59. Rithika Jayaprakash, Grade 8, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater
  60. Anmol Singh Bhatia, Grade 7, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook
  61. Raiden Landa, Grade 4, West End School, North Plainfield
  62. Vikram Renganathan, Grade 5, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset
  63. Vaishvik Vidavalapati, Grade 5, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset
  64. Gautam Ramakrishnan, Grade 3, Amsterdam Elementary School, Hillsborough

“The new Scripps book, ‘Lunchbox Words: 65 Word-Based Notes to Pack in Your Speller’s Lunchbox or Backpack’ by Tracey West, is a fun approach to learning new spelling and vocabulary skills,” said Beth Bouwman, SCLSNJ’s youth services librarian. “Each word comes with a definition, part of speech, pronunciation guide, definition, and brief explanation of the word with spelling tips. This factual information is paired with illustrations, jokes, and quotes from notable figures. I especially love the clever format of the book. Each page has a note on the front and the information about the word on the back. This way you can actually tear the page out of the book and place it directly in your child’s lunchbox. It’s also easy to use the book as inspiration for your own personalized notes while keeping the book intact, which is definitely the way to go if you use a library copy!”

Emcee for the evening will be Mike Kerwin; Somerset County Business Partnership President and CEO. Pronouncer will be Brian K. Auger; SCLSNJ county library administrator.

Judges for the evening will be:

  • Patrick Scaglione; Somerset County Freeholder Director, Appeals Judge
  • Patricia L. Walsh; Somerset County Freeholder, Head Judge
  • Brian G. Gallagher; Somerset County Freeholder, Rounds/Records Judge
  • Corinne Fender; SCLSNJ library commissioner, Dictionary Judge
  • Catherine DeBerry; SCLSNJ adult services librarian, Rounds/Records Judge

Special thanks to SCLSNJ’s 2018 Bee Spectacular sponsors:

  • Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located in Bridgewater, NJ
  • Kir Rodriguez, chef International Culinary Center, located in New York, NY

For more information about SCLSNJ’s 3rd Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular: contact Jessica Trujillo at jtrujillo@sclibnj.org or at 908.458.4933.

By |2018-02-16T11:22:10+00:00February 15th, 2018|SCLSNJ News|
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