WESTFIELD, NJ — A third grader at Holy Trinity School has placed in a statewide spelling competition.

Charlotte McLaughlin, of the Junior Woman’s Club of Westfield in the Liberty District, placed third in the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs annual Spelling Bee held in New Brunswick March 7, the Federation announced.

McLaughlin was among 21 fourth and fifth grade contestants to compete in the statewide competition. She received a $50 Visa gift card for her efforts.

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The competition included 26 rounds of increasingly difficult to spell words, organizers said.

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Her journey to the state spelling bee started in Westfield.

In January, she spelled her way to the top at the Junior Women’s Club of Westfield’s annual spelling bee. She spelled out the winning word, “suffocate.” She was among 21 students from Westfield to compete in that contest.

In February, correctly spelling the word “electricity” got her the top spot at a regional competition held in Montclair.

What’s her method?

“I just remembered chunks of the words and I breathed in between syllables,” McLaughlin previously told TAPinto Westfield. “That helps me slow down and get the word correct.”

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