St. Anthony's hosts spelling bee

| 14 Feb 2012 | 04:45

BUTLER — St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School held its spelling bee recently, part of its Catholic Schools Week celebration. Fifteen sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students were cheered on by parents, staff and the entire student body at the Parish Center. Participants were chosen based on their first semester spelling grades.

The first place winner was Nicole Purwin of Oak Ridge; runner up was Taylor Taggart. Both are eighth graders. Nicole will represent St. Anthony's at the 75th annual North Jersey Spelling Bee sponsored by the North Jersey Media Group to be held on March 15 and 17 at Bergen Community College in Paramus.

Also participating in their own spelling bee were 15 students from grades three, four, and five. First and second place went to Joseph TenHoeve and Natalia Tomusiak, respectively. Joey and Natalia may well represent St.Anthony's at future North Jersey spelling competitions.

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

St. Anthony School is a diverse community of scholars and stewards, grades pre-K through 8. Next year they will expand their preschool program to offer a full day, three or five day option for 3-year-olds. The St. Anthony Pre-K Academy is designed to stimulate its young scholars' academic, social, physical, and spiritual growth and development - all within a nurturing and supportive environment.

St. Anthony of Padua School is located at 57 Bartholdi Avenue, Butler. To learn more, call 973-838-0854.