CHATHAM, NJ - Three's a charm for the Washington Avenue School spelling bee!

Last Friday night, 226 elementary students from the school competed in the annual fundraising event. This year's slogan: Our Bee is Three! 1,2,3...Come Spell With Me!"

Three separate, hour-long contests were held at Chatham Middle School – one for each grade 1 thru 3. Kids formed groups of 2-4 students, cleverly called “hives."  This year 20 hives of 1st graders participated - while 26 teams competed against each other in both the 2nd and 3rd grades.

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The competition was fierce -- but there was also plenty of fun! Teams walked onto the CMS auditorium stage proudly holding decorated posters that displayed the names of their hives. 

Words were announced by grade-level teachers and teams were given 35 seconds to consult before writing their final answers on their official white board. Rounds kept going until only the top hive(s) remained.

The Chatham Education Foundation was instrumental again this year by generously sponsoring this event. The entry fee was $25 per speller and other profits were made from a yummy concession stand and from the sale of adorable bumblebee antenna headbands –which many kids wore during the spelling bee.

The proceeds from this event will benefit Washington Avenue School educational initiatives. This year’s winners were given medals, small prizes and Queen/King Bee status!

Winners are listed below:

First grade:

1st place

Little Honey: Caroline Hess, Claire Burke, and Emily Deutsch

2nd place

Busy Bees: Caroline Molinaro, Grace Ryan, and Molly Haid.

Second Grade: 

1st place:

Speedy Spellers: Aubrey Conlon, Chloe Thorn Leeson, Harley Labadie, and Victoria Szybowski

2nd place: 

Taking Care of Buzzness: Gaspsard Marion, Jack Burdorf, Johnny Roskell

Third Grade:

1st place:

Honey Seeking Spellers: Anna Farrugia, Dan Cvetkovic, Dylan Sheehan

2nd place: 

The Bee-tastic Three: Emilia Monge, Lilly Maurer, Maeve Bogue 

3rd Place 1: 

The Awesome Awesomes: Andrew Loconte, Scotty Morgan, Teddy DuRie, Tripp Connor,

3rd Place  2: 

Honey Bunny: Annie Alden, Eva Morrison, Jordan Kopscik, Nina Sikora