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Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman's Club Hosts 25th Annual Spelling Bee

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Nathalie DeGuzman, Anishka Chauhun, and Luis Ndocaj (left to right) were the top three finishers in the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman's Club 25th annual Spelling Bee. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The students, judges and members of the Junior Woman's Club on stage before the Spelling Bee. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Jennifer Tsigaras, president of the Junior Woman's Club, welcomed the audience. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A student spells for the judges. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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A student spells early in the Bee. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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The three finalists listen to the rules going into the last rounds of the event. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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Judges were Patricia Caruso, President, Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education, Mimi Hui, Director, Hasbrouck Heights Public Library and Joseph Mastropietro, Principal, Hasbrouck Heights Middle School. Credits: Faith C. Ballantine-Armonaitis
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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- N-e-p-h-e-w and M-a-r-y-l-a-n-d.

Those were the two words that Nathalie DeGuzman spelled correctly to win the Hasbrouck Heights Junior Woman’s Club 25th Annual Spelling Bee Friday night held at Kiefer Auditorium.

The top three finishers, DeGuzman, Anishka Chauhun, and Luis Ndocaj, all fifth graders, qualified to move on to the district spelling bee to be held in Rutherford. The top three finishers in the districts will move on to the state spelling bee to be held in New Brunswick.

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The field of 34 students was culled from the fourth and fifth grades in Corpus Christi, Euclid School and Lincoln School. Each homeroom hosted its own spelling bee, sending the top three finishers to Friday’s town event.

Jennifer Tsigaras, president of the Junior Woman’s Club, was the moderator for the evening, welcoming the audience. The Spelling Bee rules were reviewed by Karen Felicetti, Reading Specialist at Lincoln School. Cindy Capozzi, former JWC president and Media Specialist at Lincoln School, was the evening’s Pronouncer. The evening’s judges were Mimi Hui, Director, Hasbrouck Heights Public Library; Joseph Mastropietro, Principal, Hasbrouck Heights Middle School, and Patricia Caruso, President, Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education.

Capozzi began the evening allowing the students a non-scored round of spelling their names to get the students comfortable with speaking into the microphone, addressing the judges and answering in the required Spelling Bee format. The first word of the night was harvest.  Early rounds the words varied from visit, imply, blaze, waltzchuckle and gallon, among them. As the rounds went along, words got more difficult with aardvark, turquoise, spaghetti, camouflage, and carbohydrate among them.

The students went through 27 rounds, the longest event ever, according to Capozzi.

 

 

PARTICIPANTS

 
 

 

 

 

 Corpus Christi             Euclid School                 Lincoln School

                                         4th Grade                                    

3

Gianna Balderas

 

9

Mahi Patel

 

8

Anthony Baron

26

Johnson Okorie

 

1

Kayleigh Migrino

 

27

Giuliana Terranova

13

Camila Pineros

 

30

Laquan Archibald

 

2

Melanie Buffone

31

Victoria Santos

 

11

Isabel Popailo

 

7

Zeus Zara

     

25

Seher Mahajan

 

33

Anthony Siconolfi

     

21

Jesni Martinez

 

29

Daniella Saccone

 

.                                         5th Grade                                    

34

Deklan Birth

 

18

Andre Baculio

 

16

Jasmine Williams

23

Melanie Carmona

 

10

Luis Ndocaj

 

20

Nana Tabiri

12

Leah Kest

 

28

Ivanna Garcia

 

15

Lily Ismail

6

Lola Kest

 

32

Aditya Vij

 

17

Aya Tashiro

     

4

Kyle VonSeidelmann

 

19

Anishka Chauhun

     

22

Nathalie DeGuzman

 

14

Alexandra Powers

           

24

Gianna Garcia

           

5

Julianna Lohrmann

 

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