WESTFIELD, NJ – After correctly spelling “phrasing,” fifth grader Katie O’Connor of McKinley Elementary School was crowned champion of the 30th Annual Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield Spelling Bee Thursday night.
“At first I thought ‘F’ and then I was like, ‘No! No, Katie,” the first place finisher said.
Joining Katie in a trip to the district spelling bee next month are Jacob Blaustein and Michael Singh, two fourth graders who finished in second and third place respectively.
The three elementary students outlasted 17 other contestants, successfully navigating through words like, “wreck,” “addition” and “congratulations.”
Debbie Solomon, a local author who has written several books children’s books including “Pedro’s Decision,” helped serve as a guest judge and award prizes and certificates to the winners.
The New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs’ District Spelling Bee will take place on Feb. 20 in Summit, NJ.