HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Students from more than 30 schools in Somerset County, including six from Hillsborough''s elementary and intermediate schools, will compete in the 3rd annual Spelling Bee Spectacular sponsored by the Somerset County Library System of New Jersey.

Representing Hillsborough at the March 10 event will be: Tarun Nadhamuni, Grade 4, Amsterdam Elementary School; Shaan Lodhia, Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School; Freddie Gordon, Grade 5, Auten Road Intermediate School; Anushka Nair, Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School; Ananya, Srinivasan, Grade 6, Auten Road Intermediate School; Gautam Ramakrishnan, Grade 3, Amsterdam Elementary School.

Participation is limited to those students up to the eighth grade.

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The contest, which is a preliminary to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, will be held at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater, from 2-6 p.m. The winner of the March 10 spelling bee will represent Somerset County schools at the national event. Their trip to the nation's capital will be paid for by SCLSNJ.

 Additional prizes will be awarded including a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online.

“The Bee is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the achievements of our students throughout Somerset County,” said Jessica Trujillo, SCLSNJ youth services manager. “We have a mix of private, homeschool, and public school students participating in our Spelling Bee. Each year we gain new participating schools and have grown from the 19 during our inaugural year to this year's 33. Our goal is to have all Somerset County elementary and middle schools participating in the Spelling Bee Spectacular.”

“The Spelling Bee truly creates a buzz in our schools,” said Lisa Romano, language arts and social studies supervisor at the Montgomery Upper Middle School and Montgomery Lower Middle School. “Those students who choose to participate in the bees begin talking with one another about words. It is fun to hear their conversations. Once the preliminary round is complete, we create a Google Classroom comprised of the top 10 finalists as a vehicle to support communication and share study resources. In the classroom, students support one another during and even after the school’s final competition. The Spelling Bee helps to cultivate a love of learning within a community that fosters resilience and team effort.”

Participants in the in the 3rd Annual SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular include::

Aishwarya Dodda, Grade 7, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg;

Mihir Joseph, Grade 5, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater;

Andre Rivera, Grade 6, Immaculate Conception School, Somerville;

Nyssa Luis, Grade 3, Crim Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Deandre Newton, Grade 4, Stony Brook School, North Plainfield;

Suhan Sharma, Grade 3, Central Jersey College Preparatory Charter School, Somerset;

James DiCostanzo, Grade 3, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Kevin Chen, Grade 6, Warren Middle School, Warren;

Sergio Quiceno, Grade 7, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Bernardsville;

Eva Malleo, Grade 5, Bernardsville Middle School, Bernardsville;

Sari Estomata, Grade 7, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Bernardsville;

Zorian Little, Grade 4, West End School, North Plainfield;

Elizabeth Morton, Grade 5, BRIGHT Homeschool Co-op, Bound Brook;

Freddie Gordon, Grade 5, Auten Road Intermediate School, Hillsborough;

Clarissa Antonette Furtado, Grade 7, Franklin Middle School, Somerset;

Andrew Shi, Grade 8, Warren Middle School, Warren;

Sofia Parillo, Grade 5, Sampson G. Smith School, Somerset;

Sanjana Bandi, Grade 7, Central Jersey College Preparatory Charter School, Somerset;

Catherine Yu, Grade 8, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater;

Isha Korgaonkar, Grade 6, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman;

Shannen Gallagher, Grade 8, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge;

Sukrithi Bharadwaj, Grade 6, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater;

Aarav Gonsalves, Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Anya Verma, Grade 3, Bayberry School, Watchung;

Aimey Sebastian, Grade 8, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman;

Aahana Palyada, Grade 5, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater;

Keshi Shah, Grade 3, Adamsville Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Chinmayi Chittamuri, Grade 6, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset;

Isa Malik, Grade 4, Stony Brook School, North Plainfield;

Natalie DeVito, Grade 8, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge;

Aryan Desai Shah, Grade 8, Franklin Middle School, Somerset;

Bradley Rosas, Grade 4, East End School, North Plainfield;

Sethuram Jeevanandham Kamalakannan, Grade 6, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater;

Anush Polamraju, Grade 7, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset;

Anjali Krishnamurti, Grade 7, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg;

Julia Gomes, Grade 8, North Plainfield Middle School, North Plainfield;

Anushka Chaudhary, Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Rhea Patel, Grade 5, Valley View School, Watchung;

Brian Li, Grade 8, Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills;

Barath Sekar, Grade 3, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Zachias Noble, Grade 6, Sampson G. Smith School, Somerset;

David Vaz, Grade 5, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook;

Akshara Arvind, Grade 3, Adamsville Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Ishaan Shetty, Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Ishaan Dhankhar, Grade 6, Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills;

Pradnesh Thoppay, Grade 5, Bernardsville Middle School, Bernardsville;

Hamza Ramadan, Grade 4, East End School, North Plainfield;

Kaden Li, Grade 4, Bayberry School, Watchung;

J'khia Gaskin, Grade 8, North Plainfield Middle School, North Plainfield;

Saharsh Bangaru, Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater;

Aashi Mishra, Grade 7, Valley View School, Watchung;

Rohan Athreya, Grade 7, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman;

Aryahi Narvekar, Grade 5, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman;

Katie Wei, Grade 6, Immaculate Conception School, Somerville;

Rithika Jayaprakash, Grade 8, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater;

Anmol Singh Bhatia, Grade 7, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook;

Raiden Landa, Grade 4, West End School, North Plainfield;

Vikram Renganathan, Grade 5, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset;

Vaishvik Vidavalapati, Grade 5, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset;

“The new Scripps book, ‘Lunchbox Words: 65 Word-Based Notes to Pack in Your Speller's Lunchbox or Backpack’ by Tracey West, is a fun approach to learning new spelling and vocabulary skills,” said Beth Bouwman, SCLSNJ’s youth services librarian. “Each word comes with a definition, part of speech, pronunciation guide, definition, and brief explanation of the word with spelling tips. This factual information is paired with illustrations, jokes, and quotes from notable figures. I especially love the clever format of the book. Each page has a note on the front and the information about the word on the back. This way you can actually tear the page out of the book and place it directly in your child's lunchbox. It's also easy to use the book as inspiration for your own personalized notes while keeping the book intact, which is definitely the way to go if you use a library copy!” 

Emcee for the evening will be Mike Kerwin; Somerset County Business Partnership President and CEO. Pronouncer will be Brian K. Auger; SCLSNJ county library administrator.

Judges for the evening will be:

Patrick Scaglione; Somerset County Freeholder Director, Appeals Judge

Patricia L. Walsh; Somerset County Freeholder, Head Judge

Brian G. Gallagher; Somerset County Freeholder, Rounds/Records Judge

Corinne Fender; SCLSNJ library commissioner, Dictionary Judge

Catherine DeBerry; SCLSNJ adult services librarian, Rounds/Records Judge

For more information about SCLSNJ’s 3rd Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular: contact Jessica Trujillo at jtrujillo@sclibnj.org or at 908.458.4933.