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.
Competitors include 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
Ria Chandola: Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough
Sara Newalkar: Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough
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.
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 email@example.com or at 908-801-6465.