Submitted from the NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs:
The Southern Region of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs – Junior Membership is proud to announce the Top Six Finalists in the Southern Regional Spelling Bee. After many eliminations and a very tough competition last weekend, “orchid” was the winning word. The winners are listed as follows:
Place Student Sponsor
1st Place Zachary Varela West Deptford Junior Women’s Club
2nd Place Roger Crane Merchantville Junior Women’s Club
3rd Place Isabella Turner Medford Women’s Club
4th Place Henrik Hoeldtke Woodstown Junior Women’s Club
5th Place Carson Grabowski Haddonfield Junior Women’s Club
6th Place Andrew Zappley Greater Woodbury Junior Women’s Club
Words like “macaroon” “machinery,” and “warbler” couldn’t stop these prodigies. Trickier words such as “threshold.” “raccoon,” and “innate” were needed to put an end to several spell-offs and keep the Bee heading toward a Top Six.
The Top 6 Finalists of the Central Regional Spelling Bee will compete against other 4th and 5th graders from towns throughout New Jersey in the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs – Junior Membership State Spelling Bee. The State Spelling Bee will be held on March 9 (snow date of March 10) at the NJSFWC Headquarters on the campus of Douglass Residential College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
All 23 contestants in the Central Regional Spelling Bee received a Certificate of Participation. The contestants were invited to compete after placing in the Top Three in their own club-level spelling bees, sponsored by Junior Woman’s Clubs and local schools. Participating students, listed by club sponsor:
1st place: Carson Grabowski
2nd place: Molly Parks
3rdplace: Cole Roddy
Collingswood 1st place: Dion Chen
2nd place: Catherine Abacan
3rd place: Camille Chomicowski
1st place: Isabella Turner
2nd place: Lea Tarzy
3rd place: Kiley Rubright
1st place: Saul Richardson
2nd place: David Nguyen
3rd place: Roger Crane
1st place: Mason Hunt
2nd place: Tre Seaman
3rd place: Henrik Hoeldtke
1st place: Kevin White
2nd place: Zachary Varela
3rd place: Jeffrey Williams Jr.
The Southern Regional Spelling Bee was hosted by the Junior Woman’s Clubs of Haddonfield at the Haddon Fortnighly. Juniors from the entire Garden District assisted at the Bee. The event was run by Merchantville Club member and Southern District Regional Director Danique Martin, and moderated by the Southern Assistant Director, Carol Frisby. Maggie Boultinghouse of the Woodstown Club served as a splendid pronouncer. Our three esteemed judges were Kelly Darland (Merchantville Club), Jeanne Woerner (Clearview-Wenonah Club), and Deb Balonno (Woodstown Club). There were also registrars from Collingswood, Woodstown and Haddonfield Clubs.
Jersey Juniors are volunteers and members of a statewide association of Women’s Clubs within the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. They provide opportunities for education, leadership training, and community service. For more information, go to www.jerseyjuniors.com.