Hasbrouck Heights Middle School Spelling Bee Was Not Unpropitious for Winner Andrea Durham

Andrea Durham, Isabella, Drezek, and Josephine Kim (left to right) along with James Muska, Beta Club Advisor, are the top three finishers in the Sixth Annual Hasbrouck Heights Spelling Bee. Credits: Frank D'Amico
The students, judges, organizers, and administrators at the start of the evening. Credits: Frank D'Amico
A student spells for the judges. Credits: Frank D'Amico
A view from behind the judges as a female student takes her turn. Credits: Frank D'Amico

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.

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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:

Grade 6

Arvin Ackattupathil

Hannah Vadakken

Patrick Lambe

Natalia Martinez

Josephine Kim

Holden Yang

Akhil Chirravari

Jolie Rodriguez

Sribhavya Adusumilli

David Drezek

Grade 7

Erica Yau

Annabelle Swalsky

Joseph Stevens

Leeyana Marcelo

Malak Ismail

Michael McGurran

Isabella Franchina

Alejandra Afanador

Grade 8

Sanket Bhalotia

Mandeep Kaur

Sai Gogineni

Anuj Sanvatsarkar

Isabella Drezek

Andrea Durham

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.)


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