HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -- Hasbrouck Heights Middle School student Andrea Durham took first place in the Sixth Annual Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Spelling Bee on Thursday night at Kiefer Auditorium. Her final two words were UNPROPITIOUS and PUTREFACTION.The eighth grader will advance to compete in the North Jersey Spelling Bee on March 15 at Bergen Community College.
Eighth grader Isabella Drezek took second place and sixth grader Josephine Kim took third place.
Judges for the Spelling Bee were Jesse Coffey, middle school Language Arts teacher, Jane Gay, middle school social studies teacher, and Patricia Caruso, president of the Board of Education. The pronouncer for the evening was James Muska, Beta Club Advisor.
The 24 finalists from sixth, seventh and eighth grades qualified for Thursday night's event by winning their classes' spelling bee. The complete list of finalists is:
Past Hasbrouck Heights Champions are:
2013: Anik Subramanian
2014: Tejasi Thool
2015: Linda Kalna (North Jersey Champion)
2016: Linda Kalna
2017: Donald Mason
(Editor's Note: Frank D'Amico contributed to this story.)