Congratulations To 2019 Spelling Bee Winners


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Spelling bee winners (l-r): Andrew Ackerman, 3rd place (HBW); Andrew Liaukus, 2nd place (HBW); and Leah Bachan, 1st place (HBW).

On Saturday, January 19, approximately 26 fourth and fifth graders participated in the annual Spelling Bee competition held at F.N. Brown Elementary School. The Junior Woman’s Club of Verona would like to thank all the children who participated and congratulate our winners. Congratulations to Andrew Ackerman, third place (H.B. Whitehorne); Andrew Liaukus, second place (HBW); and Leah Bachan, first place (HBW).

Thank you to our judges: Cheryl Ashley, director of the Verona Public Library; Dr. Rui Dionisio, superintendent of Verona Public Schools; and Corisa Walker, library media specialist at F.N. Brown and Brookdale Schools, who kindly volunteered their time for the morning. Thank you to Diana Weeks and Laura Garnet from the Verona Juniors who organized the event. Finally, thank you to Verona Junior Rachel Klansky who 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, and can find the schedule of meetings at

The spelling bee winners, judges, and coordinators pose for a picture, from left to right: Robyn Casella, Rachel Klansky, Rui Dionisio, Andrew Ackerman, Laura Garnet, Andrew Liaukus, Leah Bachan, Corisa Walker, Cheryl Ashley, Diana Weeks

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