SOMERS POINT — Dawes Avenue School sixth-grader Joe Wilkinson earned bragging rights by taking on all challengers and being crowned the spelling bee champ for the second straight year.

Language arts teacher Erin Albrecht coordinated the annual school spelling bee Jan. 18. It was open to all fifth- and sixth-grade students in the school. Joe’s winning word was premonition. Taking second place was sixth-grader Jo Schwachter. Third place went to fifth-grader Charles Sturgis.

Jordan Road School held its spelling bee Jan. 29. Coordinated by eighth-grade language arts teacher Marisa Cassaro, the spelling bee was open to students in grades five through eight. The top speller at Jordan Road was eighth-grader Sunanda Biswas, and her winning word: reprobate. Sixth-grader Daniel Moody was second and Caroline Endicott took third place.

The Point’s two top spellers, Joe and Sunanda, are headed to the South Jersey Regional spelling bee that is set for Saturday, March 10, at Folsom Elementary School.

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