Schools

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

82f0fd31702e8ad0a315_Top_three_with_Muska.jpg
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
3b571c7c6136ef219bc8_All_participants_judges_etc.jpg
The students, judges, organizers, and administrators at the start of the evening. Credits: Frank D'Amico
adf931597f7b7d090f3a_Boy_speller.jpg
A student spells for the judges. Credits: Frank D'Amico
343d7234cc49987aab16_Speller_on_stage_from_judges_view.jpg
A view from behind the judges as a female student takes her turn. Credits: Frank D'Amico
82f0fd31702e8ad0a315_Top_three_with_Muska.jpg

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.)

 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge/Teterboro

'Diggin' It' at Belmar's Annual Sandcastle Contest

July 19, 2018

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar’s 18th Avenue beach turned into a giant sandbox for the hundreds of participants in Wednesday's 32nd Annual Sandcastle Contest.

As thousands of spectators crowded around to watch the building process unfold on July 18, sand sculptors of all ages took their pails, shovels, spray bottles and other tools — and tricks —  of the trade to ...

Festival of the Sea at St. Francis in Brant Beach August 8-12

BRANT BEACH, NJ - Everyone enjoys the excitement of a summer carnival.  It brings out the child in all of us.  Since 1975, St. Francis of Assisi Parish has been hosting the Festival of the Sea Carnival, annually.   The Festival of the Sea begins Wednesday, August 8, and continues through Sunday, August 12. The carnival will be open nightly (weather permitting) from 6:00 ...

Belmar Five Mile Run: 42-Year Racing Tradition to Continue Along Oceanfront on July 14

An evening of kids races, culminating with fireworks on the beach, will be held on July 13.

BELMAR, NJ — The 42nd annual Belmar Five Mile Run will be held on Saturday morning, July 14, beginning at Silver Lake Park.

Billed as one of the longest-running road races on the Jersey Shore, the run is presented by Belmar’s Goodwill Hose Company, in conjunction with the Borough of ...

Mark Your Calendars for the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh Ocean County Irish Festival in Manahawkin on Saturday September 8

July 20, 2018

STAFFORD, NJ - The Ocean County chapter of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh will again be hosting the Ocean County Irish Festival.  The event will again be held at the Manahawkin Lake Park in Manahawkin.  

The event takes place on one big day, Saturday, September 8.  Please mark your calendars to attend this incredible event.

The Ocean County Irish Festival is a ...

Belmar Parasail: Soar Into Summer with a High-Flying Adventure Along the Beachfront

BELMAR, NJ — As Belmar finally basks in picture-perfect weather, it may be time to check off a summer activity on your bucket list. And for many, parasailing is one of those “must-do” experiences.

At Belmar Parasail, the season is in full swing, offering boat trips from the Belmar Manutti Marina to the beachfront where passengers are lifted 500 feet above the Atlantic Ocean ...

Morristown Happenings: Things to Do in Morristown This Weekend; July 13 - 15

MORRISTOWN, NJ - Jump for joy....it's the weekend! Don't let Friday the 13th scare you away, there are lots of fun things to do in and around town this weekend! Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Friday July 13

Spirit Animals Glassblowing Class; Morris County School of Glass; 9am - 11am

Mini Summer Camp: Woodsy Walkers; Great Swamp (Chatham); 10am - 11:30am

Tyke ...

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey

July 12, 2018

How often do you read TAPinto?  Have you downloaded the TAPinto APP?  These are a few of the questions for readers in our 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

We want to hear from you!

The survey will take less than five minutes to complete and will help TAPinto better serve you. 

Take the 2018 TAPinto Reader Survey.

Thank you.  We appreciate your support and ...

Bergen Community College Honored for Health Professions Center

July 20, 2018

PARAMUS, NJ – For its commitment to supporting economic development, preparing students for the workforce and impacting the region’s quality of life, Bergen Community College has earned a “New Good Neighbor Award” from the New Jersey Business and Industry Association.

“Community colleges respond to the needs of the residents they serve,” Bergen ...

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

Turtle Back Zoo Extends Hours, Holds 'Zoo-vie' Nights for Summer

July 18, 2018

WEST ORANGE, NJ — Essex County Turtle Back Zoo will have Family Nights with extended evening hours to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of July and August, with the last admission to the zoo at 8 p.m.

In addition, on Wednesday evenings during July and August, Zoo-vies, featuring animal-related movies, will be shown on the top floor of the Turtle Back Zoo ...

PATH's 33rd Street Line Will Close This Weekend for PTC Installation

NEW YORK, NY -- PATH is closing the New York stations on the 33rd Street line to allow crews to transition to a new signal system being installed as part of the federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) program, starting this Friday, July 13, at 11:59 p.m. and running through 5 a.m. Monday, July 16, 

The weekend PTC implementation and testing program will run through the end of ...

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Presbyterian Church Steeple, a Roxbury Landmark, Gets Overdue Attention

ROXBURY, NJ - The long-sought restoration of the iconic, but decaying steeple atop the First Presbyterian Church of Succasunna is underway.

Using a massive hydraulic boom lift, workers from Main Street Custom Homes and Remodeling of Succasunna, got a close-up look today at the 165-year-old structure. The company, headquartered a few doors away, is volunteering the project management ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...