UNION, NJ – Twenty-six Jefferson School fifth graders participated in the Annual Mayor’s Spelling Bee on Friday through five rounds of competition.

Giulianna Musceuage won the 25th Annual Spelling Bee, by correctly spelling the word m-i-l-i-t-i-a.  Second place belonged to Juliet Gawel.

The five rounds saw some students struggle with words such as “cemetery”, “calendar” and “echoes”. 

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 “The Township Committee and I are always delighted to watch the students of Jefferson School compete in the spelling bee,” said Union Mayor Michele Delisfort.  “We know that each student has worked hard to get to here.  We look forward to also honoring the winner and runner up at our upcoming June Township Committee Meeting.”       

After months of preparation in their classrooms, one Jefferson School student from each homeroom had the opportunity to compete for first and second place and receive a trophy from the Township of Union’s Recreation Department.

“This year’s Mayor’s Spelling Bee was extremely special to us as we are celebrate our 25th year,” said Karen Steiner, Spelling Bee Coordinator. “The words for this year have become more challenging and each student has worked diligently to study and prepare for the contest.”