ROSELLE, NJ - Roselle Schools held their annual district wide “Spelling Bee” on Saturday, June 3. The district has held the event every year since 2011, and according to staff members, over the years the enthusiasm has grow on both participating students and the parents. The best spellers from Grades 3-8 competed at the event. This competition provided students with the opportunity to improve their spelling, and vocabulary, while also building and increasing their self-esteem and confidence.

The event took place at the ACHS Auditorium with two competitions for the following grade levels:

·        Grades 3-5 District Spelling Bee began at 10 a.m. with the third, fourth and fifth grade finalists from Leonard V. Moore Middle School, Washington Elementary School, Harrison Elementary School, and Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School. There were 27 students who competed at this level.

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·        Grades 6-8 District Spelling Bee began at 12:20 p.m. with the sixth, seventh and eighth grade finalists from Leonard V. Moore Middle School and Grace Wilday Junior High School. There were 27 students who competed at this level.

Grades 3-5 District Spelling Bee Winners

Champion: Serra Recana, Grade 4 ( Harrison Elementary School )                                                       1st Runner-Up: Bridget Duffour, Grade 4 (Dr. Charles C. Polk Elementary School) 

2nd Runner-Up: Angel Ramirez, Grade 4 (Washington Elementary School)


Grades 6-8  District Spelling Bee Winners

Champion: Jasmine Araujo, Grade 7  (Grace Wilday Junior High School)

1st Runner-Up:  Daniella Villacorta , Grade 8 (Grace  Wilday Junior High School)

2nd Runner-Up: Jayson Fleury , Grade 6( Leonard V. Moore Middle School)


The District Spelling Bee follows the Scripps National Spelling Bee Rules and all judges adhere to the rules. The judges for this year's district spelling bee were:

Grades 3-5

Mrs. Marita Parham, Ms. Kristin Faison, Ms. Claudia Jo, Mrs. Kerry Pogue Napoleon

Grades 6-8

Mrs. Sheila Williams, Mrs. Marita Parham, Mrs. Kerry Pogue Napoleon and Mrs. Tracey Williams

The District Spelling Bee Committee’s collective efforts ensure that students who participate in the competition are provided with a valuable and educational experience. The committee of Mrs. Andrea Jackson Roberts, Mrs. Rosanne DiMare, Mrs. Maryellen Moffitt and Mrs. Miriam Malabanan organized, coordinated, and monitored  the competition. While Interim Superintendent, Dr. Richard Corbett, gave a short message to the students.

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