On Saturday, March 5, eighth grade students from Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties participated in the Diocese of Metuchen annual Spelling Bee conducted at the community room in St. Ann Church, Raritan. The event was open to students who advanced through local and district spelling bees conducted by Knights of Columbus councils in the Diocese of Metuchen. Chapter 4 of the New Jersey Knights of Columbus conducted the event which was hosted by the Sgt. John Basilone Council 13264.
First place winner was Kristen McGuire, St. Ann School, Raritan; 2nd place went to Nadeen Choudhury, St. Helena School, Edison; 3rd place to Lauren Ellis, St. Ann School, Raritan and 4th place to Hannah Nacamuli, Old Turnpike School, Califon.
The four students are eligible to participate in the Knights of Columbus State Finals Spelling Bee to be held on Sunday, April 10 at 1 PM at the Church of the Epiphany in Brick, N.J.
Officiating were Diocese of Metuchen Spelling Bee Chairman Steven Bauernfeind of St. Joseph Council #10627 in High Bridge, assisted by Hugh Gallagher, Past Grand Knight, host council 13264, and Jim McCloskey, Thomas Klawunn and Andrew Kin, Knights from the St. Joseph Council, High Bridge
Photo: (L to R) Front row: 1st place Kristen McGuire St. Ann School, Raritan; 2nd place Nadeen Choudhury, St. Helena School, Edison; 3rd place Lauren Ellis, St. Ann School, Raritan; 4th place Hannah Nacamuli, Old Turnpike School, Califon, 2nd row: Spelling Bee Chairman Steve Bauernfeind, Jim McCloskey and Tom Klawunn. Photo by Andrew Kin.