The winning word in the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey’s (SCLSNJ) seventh annual Spelling Bee Spectacular was “tumpline.”
Tumpline is a noun whose origins stem from Algonquian, English, and Latin-derived French. A tumpline is a sling formed by a strap slung over the forehead or chest for carrying a pack on the back or in hauling loads (as household goods or game).
On March 4, 2023, Atharv Narvekar, an eighth grader from Montgomery Upper Middle School in Skillman, correctly spelled tumpline to win the County Bee. Narvekar, a past spelling bee runner-up, will be competing in Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. later this year.
Elisabeth Quiroz, a fifth grader from Immaculate Conception School in Somerville came in second place.
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