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Serena Yeddu, Jasmine Fernandez to compete in O-U Spelling Bee

Two girls stand with man in suit.
Eighth grader Serena Yeddu, left, and seventh grader Jasmine Fernandez are pictured with C. J. Hooker Middle School Principal Dr. William Rolon after winning the school-level spelling bee for their respective grade levels. The two will compete in the Orange-Ulster BOCES Spelling Bee on March 14.

Eighth grader Serena Yeddu and seventh grader Jasmine Fernandez were named winner o the C. J. Hooker Middle School’s annual school-wide spelling bee on Friday, February 22.

Nineteen seventh and eighth graders participated in the bee after fighting for their spot as the top scorers from the classroom-level spelling bees.

The school bee went nine rounds, with the winning word “indelible.”

Jasmine and Serena will advance to the Orange-Ulster Spelling Bee on March 14 at Orange-Ulster BOCES. The 19 participants were:

Grade 7

  • Kia Ghezel-Ayagh
  • Thomas Quinones
  • Axel Jackson
  • Grant Moore
  • Jared Seecharran
  • Michael Bonito
  • Michael Hulse
  • Jasmine Fernandez
  • Nicholas Santoro
  • Liam Lynch

Grade 8

  • Julisa Posada
  • Ben Thurtle
  • Xander Danella
  • Mia Colangelo
  • Christopher Whitney
  • Maria Mathew
  • Jason Barnes
  • Serena Yeddu
  • Halle Glasgow
Group of smiling students in library
The 19 participants of the school-wide spelling bee at C. J. Hooker Middle School.