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10th Annual Bee Spells Fun for Twp. Students

Junior Women's Club event sees 65 contestants.

How do you spell fun?

B-R-O-C-C-O-L-I, that's how.

The green vegetable, which can be hit or miss with kids from an eating standpoint, was the properly spelled winning word at the 10th Annual Long Valley Junior Women's Club Spelling Bee.

Flocktown-Kossmann fifth grader Kaitlyn Cheung belted out the letters that make up the food's name to secure first place in the event, beating out 64 other fourth and fifth grade students from the township.

Those students all came from , , and , and the event was judged by Junior Club members Bambi Zutell, Donna Selvaggi, Dina Carmelengo.

The pronouncer was principal Mark Ippolito, and awards were given to the top five contestants.

Cheung was awarded a $100 Peapack-Gladstone gift card for her efforts. Second place went to Old Farmers fourth grader Juliette Merolla, along with a $50 Peapack-Gladstone gift card.

Third place finisher Braden Willsey, an Old Farmers fifth grader, received a $25 Peapack-Gladstone Bank gift card. Fourth and fifth place finishers Frank Pergola (Old Farmers fifth grader) and Olivia Malone (Flocktown fourth grader), respectively, received gift cards from the Califon Book Shop.

The Washington Township Target department store donated water bottles and snacks for the contestants.

During the past 50 years, LVJWC members have raised and donated more than $1.5 million dollars to various organizations.

All information and photos provided by Adrienne Gumersell.

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