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28th Annual Spelling Bee

On Saturday, January 20, 2024 the West Morris Junior Women’s Club (WMJWC) held their 28th Annual Spelling Bee. Over 50 local fourth and fifth grade students from Mendham and Chester schools participated in the Bee, which was held at West Morris Mendham High School. After 22 rounds of spelling, the top three winners emerged:


1st Place: Luca Nero Graziano, 5th grade, Bragg Elementary School

2nd Place: Maya Kovacevic, 5th grade, Bragg Elementary School

3rd Place: Christopher Barnicle, 5th grade, Mountain View Middle School 

These winners will advance to represent West Morris at the District Spelling Bee of the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs in Rockaway, NJ in February. We are so very proud of these accomplished spellers and wish them the best of luck at the District Bee!


The WMJWC 28th Annual Spelling Bee was a success due to the many people involved who gave their time and effort not just on the day of the event, but also in preparation over the past several months. Thank you to the local school staff and teachers who assisted in preparing their students for the Bee and also the Audio/Visual crew, Facilities team, and custodians at West Morris Mendham High School who helped with setup. And a huge thank you to the ladies who volunteered as members of the WMJWC Spelling Bee Committee: Spelling Bee Chair Danielle Ingram, Word Caller Amy Dow, Judges Kristen Schutzman, Cynthia Brusco, and Liza Saunders, and Event Helpers Amanda Valenta, Ariana Bath, Tejal Bapna, and Lauren Martin (WMJWC President).

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