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3 Hillsborough Students Qualify as Spelling Bee Finalists

Freeholder Director Peter Palmer, right, presents SCLSNJ County Library Administrator Brian Auger with a proclamation declaring March 11, 2017 Scripps Spelling Bee Day in Somerset County. Credits: Courtesy Someset County Freeholders

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will host the II Annual SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular County Spelling Bee for children grades 3-8, Saturday, March 11 at 2 p.m. at Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.

Th event is open to the public.

Schools held their own spelling bees through January. The first and second place winners from each school will compete. The winner will be eligible to represent Somerset County at the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28 in the Washington, D.C. area. SCLSNJ is an official sponsor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Three of the competitors are from Hillsborough: Tara Khosla: Grade 6, who attends the Immaculate Conception School in Somerville; Ria Chandola: Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough and Sara Newalkar: Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough.

Other contestants include:

Tejas Somasekar: Grade 3, Adamsville Elementary School, Bridgewater

Aditya Kulkarni: Grade 3, Adamsville Elementary School, Bridgewater

Rhea Patel: Grade 4, Bayberry School, Watchung

Isabella Thomas: Grade 4, Bayberry School, Watchung

Jeffrey Pravin: Grade 3, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater

Matthew Atienza: Grade 3, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater

Andrew DeAngelis: Grade 6, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg

Rishi Purohit: Grade 6, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg

Aarsha Shah: Grade 7, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater

Matthew Quispe: Grade 8, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater

Susan Lee : Grade 8, homeschool, Bedminster

Andie Zhou: Grade 6, homeschool, Somerset

Anush Polamraju: Grade 6, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset

Yuvna Musuku: Grade 6, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset

Sanjana Bandi: Grade 6, Central Jersey College Preparatory Charter School, North Brunswick

Matthew DaGraca: Grade 3, Crim Elementary School, Bridgewater

Noah John: Grade 3, Crim Elementary School, Bridgewater

Maryann Opida: Grade 6, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Raritan

Samrita Ravinder: Grade 6, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Raritan

Jacob Neptune: Grade 7, Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills

Matthew Kolakowski: Grade 6, Far Hills Country Day School, Bridgewater

Dhruvi Mehta: Grade 7, Franklin Middle School, Princeton

Franklin Lu: Grade 7, Franklin Middle School, Somerset

Anmol Bhatia: Grade 6, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook

Talia Hooke: Grade 8, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook

Ronak Hunashimarad: Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater

Hriday Narang: Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater

Mithil Mouli: Grade 5, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater

Jiya Mody: Grade 6, Hillside Intermediate School, Martinsville

Andre Rivera: Grade 5, Immaculate Conception School, Bridgewater

Rohan Athreya: Grade 6, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Belle Mead

Isha Korgaonkar: Grade 5, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Princeton

Sanjana Venkatesh: Grade 7, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Belle Mead

Mia Kung: Grade 8, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman

Sari Estomata: Grade 6, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Bound Brook

Katie Lane: Grade 5, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Basking Ridge

Vaishvik Vidavalapati: Grade 4, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset

Dharani Moorthy: Grade 6, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset

Marshall White: Grade 8, Valley View School, Watchung

Wesley Tseng: Grade 8, Valley View School, Watchung

Mihir Joseph: Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater

Briana Popescu: Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater

Andrew Shi: Grade 7, Warren Middle School, Warren

Zoe Wang: Grade 7, Warren Middle School, Warren

Vera Goliyad: Grade 4, Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School, Green Brook

TingTing Luo: Grade 3, Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School, Green Brook

To help the community get to know some of Somerset County’s top spellers, they shared their favorite words:

Anush Polamraju: pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (which is sometimes cited as one of the longest words in the English language);

Tejas Somasekar and Aditya Kulkarni: interminableness;

Susan Lee: tintinnabulation;

Mihir Joseph: supererogation;

Matthew Kolakowski and Anmol Bhatia: prestidigitation;

Sara Newalkar: kerfuffle; and

Zoe Wang: eleemosynary.

"We have a variety of resources that can help students prepare for the Spelling Bee as well as their academics in general,” said Jessica Trujillo, youth services manager for SCLSNJ. “For example, the Lumos Test Prep database has resources on developing a student's study and memory skills in addition to the PARCC practice tests. All you need is your SCLSNJ library card number to access it from home or you can use one of our computers in the library."

“I remember spelling being something learned by rote, and not very fun,” said Beth Bouwman, SCLSNJ youth services librarian and SCLSNJ Bee Spectacular co-coordinator. “That’s why I love telling our patrons about ‘Feed Me Words’ by Kris Hirschmann. It uses illustrations, short stories, puzzles, and other interactive elements to help teach the reasons that we spell things different ways. Each mini lesson takes just two pages, making it the perfect way to fit a little spelling into each day. There are also ‘Spelling Bee Fun Facts’ throughout the book, as well as tips for spelling competitions. Although any age could find something to appreciate about this book, I would recommend it especially for children in grades 3-5.”

Emcee for the evening will be Michael Kerwin, president of Somerset County Business Partnership. Pronouncer will be Brian K. Auger, SCLSNJ county library administrator.

Judges are:

Head Judge: Patricia Walsh, Somerset County Freehold member

Dictionary Judge: Corrine Fender, SCLSNJ Library Commission member

Rounds & Records Judge: Chris Corsini, SCLSNJ Library Commission chairman

Appeals Judge: Elias Ezra, Bridgewater Bound Brook Rotary president

For more information about SCLSNJ’s Bee Spectacular, contact spellingbee@sclibnj.org or at 908-801-6465.

 

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