On Saturday, Jan. 11 over thirty fourth and fifth graders participated in the annual Junior Woman’s Club of Verona Spelling Bee competition held at F.N. Brown Elementary School.  Winners were:  Owen Chanana, third place (Brookdale), Christopher Sluck, second place (HBW), and Stephen Gaffney, first place (F.N. Brown).

Judges were Cheryl Ashley, Director of the Verona Public Library; Corisa Walker, Library Media Specialist at F.N. Brown and Brookdale Schools; and Charles Miller, Director of Curriculum who kindly volunteered their time for the morning.  Diana Weeks and Joanna Rybak from the Verona Juniors organized the event and Verona Juniors President, Erika Grothues, announced the words. 

The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is a versatile organization that has been involved in social and charitable work since its inception in 1926. The Juniors address Verona's diverse needs by promoting education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, working on behalf of the elderly and people with disabilities, supporting participation in the arts and advocating for issues of concern to women, children and families.

Anyone interested in learning more about this very active organization of women is welcome to contact membership@veronajuniors.org.  Prospective members also are welcome at business meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month (except April, July, August and December) at 8 p.m. in the Verona Community Center. For more information, visitwww.veronajuniors.org.