SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee


SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee

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“BEE”yond Proud in Secaucus

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Students in grades 1 through 5 from Huber Street  embarked upon a shared journey full of hard work, determination and the opportunity to make memories and friendships that last a lifetime. This journey is the Scripps National Spelling Bee!

The Scripps National Spelling Bee, is one of the nation's oldest and most iconic competitions, and this year marks the 91st year! The purpose of the SCRIPPS National Spelling Bee is not only to help students improve their spelling, but also to increase their vocabularies, improve writing skills, public speaking and poise, and develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

Approximately 170 dedicated students in grades 1 through 5 from Huber Street School in Secaucus, New Jersey have become a part of this unique experience by preparing for the event.

The preparation included the study of 450 words and definitions.  The words ranged from first through eighth grade. Additionally, students studied another 1,150 words derived from Latin, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Old English, Japanese, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Asian, Slavic and New World Languages within the 2019 Merriam Webster Spell It Booklet.

Our preliminary spelling bees were held on Thursday, January 3, 2019 and Friday, January 4, 2019.

On Thursday, January 17, 2019 twenty nine finalists from grades 1 through 5 took the floor to compete in the 2019 SCRIPPS Spelling Bee school finals.  Our finalists included:


Miraaya Sharma

Ronvir Bhatla

Jasrina Kaur

Lily Fajardo

Kevin Rao


Erli Aggor

Emerich DeGuzman

Anezka George

Agastya Shah


Japman Arora

Aaryan Shah

Krishang Sudha

Chinmay Choudhary

Samantha Freyer

Nyesha Gupta

Aum Menon

Ankita Singh


Adrianna Fragkiskos

Miles Fajardo

Parth Knot

Pavel Banzaraktsaev

Anika Samita

Sai Sudha


Isha Patel

Simran Shah

Meenakshi Oberoi

Janki Bairoliya

Simran Bhatla

Richa Choudhary

Six of our finalists:  Aaryan Shah, Erli Aggor, Anika Samita, Isha Patel, Meenakshi Oberoi, and Simran Bhatla went on to tirelessly compete on Friday, January 18, 2019 for a grand total of 23 astounding rounds!  We are proud to present the 2019 winners:

Third Place

Mr. Mastroś

2nd Grade Class

Aaryan Shah

Second Place

Mrs. Critelliś

3rd Grade Class

Erli Aggor

First Place

Huber Street Schoolś 2019 Spelling Bee Champion

Mrs. Stammś

5th Grade Class

Simran Bhatla

Our Spelling Bee Champion from Huber Street School, Simran Bhatla, will continue her journey by competing on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at The Hudson County Spelling Bee.  This county-wide event will be held at the Arthur Couch Performing Arts Center in Secaucus, New Jersey. In the event of inclement weather, the bee will be held on March 2, 2019.