BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey will host its 5th annual Spelling Bee Spectacular for students in grades 3-8 on March 7 from 1-5 p.m. at the Somerset County Vocational and Technical High School, located at 14 Vogt Drive in Bridgewater.

There are a total of 34 contestants, including two students from Somerville:Ria Lamzon, a sixth-grader at Immaculate Conception School and Jennifer Gonzalez, a fifth-grader at the Van Derveer School.

"I am looking forward to participating in the Spelling Bee as a judge once again this year,” said Nancy Stoll, SCLSNJ library commission vice chair. “It is a strategic priority that our Library System continues to connect with schools in our County to assist in the enrichment and development of our children. Participation in the County Bee helps our children expand their vocabulary, strengthen their academic skills, and boost their self esteem. It is amazing to watch these students spell!”

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The winner of SCLSNJ’s Bee Spectacular will be eligible to attend the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington at the Library System’s expense. Additional prizes will be awarded including a one-year subscription to Merriam-Webster Unabridged Online.

"Participation in SCLSNJ’s 5th Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular is in direct alignment with our strategic priority of creating meaningful interactions and connections,” said Karen Pifher, SCLSNJ manager of branch services - young minds and family resources. “Participants in the Bee are granted the opportunity to interact with their peers and the community because of their great accomplishments of winning their local spelling bees. SCLSNJ is delighted to be a part of this lifelong memory!”  

Students participating include::

Arnav Guhan, Grade 3, Amsterdam Elementary School, Hillsborough

Isha Gidwani, Grade 4, Bayberry School, Watchung

Pradnesh Thoppay, Grade 7, Bernardsville Middle School, Bernardsville

Krish Srivastava, Grade 4, Bradley Gardens Elementary School, Bridgewater

Tiana Nguyen, Grade 7, Branchburg Central Middle School, Branchburg

Aritra Banerjee, Grade 7, Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Middle School, Bridgewater

Aanya Tolat, Grade 7, Cedar Hill Preparatory School, Somerset

Akshay Jagannathan, Grade 3, Central Jersey College Prep Elementary School, Somerset

Srijay Bandi, Grade 6, Central Jersey College Prep Middle School, Somerset

Ritvik Bala, Grade 3, Crim Elementary School, Bridgewater

Ishika Gupta, Grade 6, Eisenhower Intermediate School, Bridgewater

Armin Ziaee, Grade 8, Far Hills Country Day School, Far Hills

Mihika Naik, Grade 8, Green Brook Middle School, Green Brook

Adwita Singh, Grade 3, Hamilton Elementary School, Bridgewater

Tejas Somasekar, Grade 6, Hillside Intermediate School, Bridgewater

Ria Lamzon, Grade 6, Immaculate Conception School, Somerville

Justin Yin, Grade 3, Irene E. Feldkirchner Elementary School, Green Brook

Atharv Narvekar, Grade 5, Montgomery Lower Middle School, Skillman

Aryahi Narvekar, Grade 7, Montgomery Upper Middle School, Skillman

Micah Nelson, Grade 7, North Plainfield High School, N Plainfield

Nitya Kathiravan, Grade 6, Rutgers Preparatory School, Somerset

Baylyn Shankman, Grade 8, School Of Saint Elizabeth, Bernardsville

Vinav Shah, Grade 7, The Pingry School, Basking Ridge

Arvin Kutty, Grade 3, Thomas Edison Energysmart Charter School, Somerset

Rhea Patel, Grade 7, Valley View School, Watchung

Jennifer Gonzalez, Grade 5, Van Derveer Elementary School, Somerville

Anwitha Siddam Setty, Grade 4, Van Holten Elementary School, Bridgewater

Trisha Atianzar, Grade 7, Warren Middle School, Warren

Zahra Zia, Grade 4, West End School, North Plainfield

Arusha Bhargava, Grade 4, Woods Road Elementary School, Hillsborough

Gautam Ramakrishnan, Grade 5, Auten Road Intermediate School, Hillsborough

Raiden Landa, Grade 6, Somerset Intermediate School, North Plainfield

Mehreen Kottaparambil, Grade 7, Mendham Country Day School, Basking Ridge

Isha Agarwal, Grade 7, Franklin Middle School, Somerset

“SCLSNJ is honored to be hosting the Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular for the 5th year in a row,” said Christine Jansen, manager of youth services programming and collaborations. “We have a passion for offering events and programming where our community's youth can connect, discover, explore, and share literacy in such a fun and exciting way.”

Emcee for the evening will be Mike Kerwin, retiring CEO of the Somerset County Business Partnership. Pronouncer will be Brian K. Auger, county library administrator. 

Judges for the evening will be: Nancy Stoll, Somerset County commissioner; Head Judge; Corinne Fender, former Somerset County commissioner; Dictionary Judge; Brian Gallagher, Somerset County Freeholder; Appeals Judge and Roberta Karpinecz, library commissioner; Rounds/Records Judge

For more information or to attend SCLSNJ’s 5th Annual Spelling Bee Spectacular: