On Saturday, March 5, eighth grade students from Middlesex, Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties participated in the annual Diocese of Metuchen Spelling Bee conducted at St. Ann Church in 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 Sgt. John Basilone Council 13264, Raritan.
Officiating were Diocese of Metuchen Spelling Bee Chairman Steven Bauernfeind of St. Joseph Council #10627 in High Bridge, Hugh Gallagher, Past Grand Knight, Sgt. John Basilone Council, and Thomas Klawunn, St. Joseph Council. Spelling Bee Winners were:
First place – Wesley Wu -St. Joseph Parish 8th grade CCD, High Bridge. Wesley’s is a Clinton Township Middle School student.
Second place – Bridget Manahan – St. Joseph Parish 8th grade CCD, High Bridge. Bridget’s is a High Bridge Middle School student.
Third place – Alexandra Baker – St. Helena School Edison
Fourth place-Victorialynn Byk- St. Joseph Parish 8th grade CCD, High Bridge. Victorialynn is a Clinton Township Middle School student.
The four students are eligible to participate in the Knights of Columbus State Finals Spelling Bee to be held on Sunday, April 2 at the Church of the Epiphany in Brick, N.J.