JWCA crowns spelling bee champions

The Junior Woman’s Club of Arlington hosted its 30th annual Spelling Bee recently at Schuyler School.

After 18 rounds of spelling, it came down to Kearny students, front row from left, Izabella Perez-Bombino (first place), Lilia B. (second place), Jeremay Santos De Freita (third place) and Gavin Araujo (runner-up).

NJSFWC volunteers included, from left, Christine Jablonski, Denise Ganzer, Wanny Wong, Denise Ficeto, and Holly Capobianco. Also involved but not pictured, JWCA Education & Spelling Bee Chairwoman Sarah Roberts.

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