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JWCS 5th Grade Spelling Bee

On January 21st, the Junior Woman’s Club of Sparta hosted the 22nd annual fifth grade spelling bee. Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends gathered at the Mohawk Avenue School to show support for the thirty competing students. Students from Helen Morgan, Hilltop Country Day School and Pope John Middle School participated.

The first place winner of the Bee was Vaiden Pollard from Helen Morgan, with Evelynn Austin and Gregory Marino both from Pope John Middle School taking second and third place.

Prize packages were awarded to the winners including donations from RJ Mars Store, Sparta Books, Sparta Lanes and Sparta Theater. Judges for the event were Brad Davis, assistant principal at Sparta Middle School, Peggy Lami, Children’s Coordinator at the Sparta Public Library and Jacquelyn Burt, social studies teacher at Pope John XXIII High School. Jayme McGauley led the event for the JWCS, with Kelly Lucadamo serving as pronouncer.

All three winners went on to represent Sparta at the Highlands District Spelling Bee in Rockaway on February 4th. The District Bee went into Round 12 with four contestants. Round 13 to Round 16 claimed the 3rd place winner. And it wasn't until after ten more rounds that the 1st and 2nd place winners were determined. Congratulations to Gregory Marino from Pope John Middle School for taking 2nd place. Gregory will go on to compete at the State Championship in early March in New Brunswick.

Student's participation was through invitation by their classroom teacher.  


2017 Spelling Bee Participants

Back Row: Kelly Lucadamo, Peggy Lami, Brad Davis, Jacquelyn Burt, Jayme McGauley

Front Row: Evelynn Austin, Gregory Marino, Vaiden Pollard



2017 Highlands District Spelling Bee

Saturday, February 4th, 2017
The Rockaway Assembly of God - 113 E. Main Street, Rockaway

Invitation to participate in the District Spelling Bee was given to the top three spellers
from each local NJSFWC Spelling Bee.

Practice Word List

Spelling Bee Rules

Tips for Parents and Contestants




Monday, November 13th, 2017 at 7:15pm
St. Moritz in White Deer Plaza
For more details contact Annie at jwcsparta@gmail.com.