Middle Schools crown spelling bee champs

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W.T. Clarke and Woodland middle schools recently held their annual spelling bee tournaments, with dozens of students competing for the top prize.

This year, the top spellers were Joel Matthew at Clarke, and Renata Quinto at Woodland. Matthew defeated 27 of his classmates en route to victory, and Quinto bested 17 other contestants.

The two students will advance to the regional competition of the Scripps Spelling Bee at Hofstra University on Feb. 9.

Clarke finalists

Nicole Artoglou

Nyla Batista

Joe Buffolino

Yuktha Chiguripati

Joe Collica

Kevin Conley

Aleksandra Dauz

Vincent Joaquin

Uzair Khan

Lauren Lorusso

Brandon Luk

Maura Lynch

Brendan Mark

Jennifer Nagri

Madison Normile

Robin Ouseph

Arjun Panickssery

Kathryn Raduazzo

Ankit Sayed

Anthony Schilt

Aashini Shah

Marisa Simone

Allesio Sivio

Arianna Sivio

Nicole Valis

Ryan Walsh

Natalie Zuniga

Woodland finalists

Rayaa Anglada

Patrick Cruz

Ashley Dacanay

Jack Katz

Zahra Lakhani

Kevin Martin

Mariel Mathew

Nigel McKnight

Esha Misra

Natalia Murillo

Matthew Owens

Anjali Sharma

Adeel Sheikh

Elisabeth Shin

Danielle Skibins

Anthony Stabile

Robert Watson