Dozens Compete In Spelling Bee


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The spelling bee winners, judges, and coordinators pose for a picture.(L-R back) Yvonne Tou, Carrie Quigley, Dr. Rui Dionisio, Claudine Pascale, Mayor Jack McEvoy, Rachel Klansky, and Shannon Curtin. (L-R front) Spelling Bee winners, Lara Schwartz, 3rd place (Forest Avenue), Josh Dimalanta, 1st place (OLL), and Matthew Schaller, 2nd place (HBW).

On Saturday, January 18, approximately 25 4th and 5th 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 Josh Dimalanta, 1st place (OLL), Matthew Schaller, 2nd place (HBW), and Lara Schwartz, 3rd place (Forest Avenue).

Thank you to our judges Dr. Rui Dionisio, superintendent of Verona Public Schools; Jack McEvoy, mayor of Verona; and Claudine Pascale, director of the Verona Public Library, who kindly volunteered their time for the morning. Thank you to Carrie Quigley and Yvonne Tou from the Verona Juniors who organized the event. Finally, thank you to Verona Juniors Member, 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.

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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

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