Verona Juniors Congratulate Spelling Bee Winners

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2017 Spelling bee winners (l-r), Owen Chanana, third place (Brookdale); Christopher Sluck, second place (HBW); and Stephen Gaffney, first place (F.N. Brown).
2017 Spelling bee winners (l-r), Owen Chanana, third place (Brookdale); Christopher Sluck, second place (HBW); and Stephen Gaffney, first place (F.N. Brown).
On Saturday, January 11, over 30 fourth and fifth graders participated in the annual Junior Woman’s Club of Verona Spelling Bee competition held at F.N. Brown Elementary School. The Juniors thanked all the children who participated and congratulated the winners: Owen Chanana of Brookdale, third place; Christopher Sluck of H.B. Whitehorne, second place; and F.N. Brown student Stephen Gaffney, who won first place.

The Juniors also thanked the judges: Cheryl Ashley, director of the Verona Public Library; Corisa Walker, library media specialist at F.N. Brown and Brookdale schools; and Director of Curriculum Charles Miller, who kindly volunteered their time for the morning. Diana Weeks and Joanna Rybak organized the event for the Verona Juniors and Verona Juniors President Erika Grothues announced the words.

The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona is a versatile organization that has been involved in social and charitable work since its inception in 1926. The Juniors address Verona’s diverse needs by promoting education, preserving natural resources, encouraging healthy lifestyles, working on behalf of the elderly and people with disabilities, supporting participation in the arts and advocating for issues of concern to women, children and families.

Anyone interested in learning more about this very active organization of women is welcome to contact [email protected]. Prospective members also are welcome at business meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month (except April, July, August and December) at 8 p.m. in the Verona Community Center. For more information, visit www.veronajuniors.org.

The spelling bee winners, judges, and coordinators pose for a picture. (From left to right)  Cheryl Ashley, Joanna Rybak, Corisa Walker, Owen Chanana, Stephen Gaffney, Erika Grothues, Diana Weeks, and Charles Miller.
The spelling bee winners, judges, and coordinators pose for a picture. (From left to right) Cheryl Ashley, Joanna Rybak, Corisa Walker, Owen Chanana, Stephen Gaffney, Erika Grothues, Diana Weeks, and Charles Miller.
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