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Three Village Students Land Spots in Regional Spelling Bee

: R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grader Maddy Avni was named this year’s school spelling bee champ, and eighth-grader Jacob Cohen came in second. They are pictured with English chairperson Catherine Duffy. (Photo credit: Jennifer Kuefner)
: R.C. Murphy Junior High School seventh-grader Maddy Avni was named this year’s school spelling bee champ, and eighth-grader Jacob Cohen came in second. They are pictured with English chairperson Catherine Duffy. (Photo credit: Jennifer Kuefner)

Students at W.S. Mount Elementary School and R.C. Murphy Junior High School participated in their schools’ annual spelling bees this winter, landing spots in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra.

At W.S. Mount, fourth- through sixth-grade students competed in the schoolwide bee before an audience of peers, parents and teachers. 

The 27 contestants represented the winners of each classroom spelling bee and volleyed for first place during the school bee’s 13 challenging rounds. Sixth-grader Yaseen Jalili was named this year’s spelling champ and will now compete in the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University. This year’s runner up was sixth-grader Almila Gursoy, and fourth-grader Daphna Fineberg came in third place.

After winning their classroom bees, R.C. Murphy seventh- and eighth-grade students competed in this year’s schoolwide contest. The bee ran for an impressive 17 rounds and ended with seventh-grader Maddy Avni’s correct spelling of “spontaneous.” 

As the school winner, Maddy will now compete against other school winners at the Long Island Regional Spelling Bee. Eighth-graders Jacob Cohen and Julia Hu took second and third place, respectively. 

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