The Haddon Fortnightly crowns Spelling Bee champ

Central Elementary student takes top honors in competition.

Photo credit: The Haddon Fortnightly/Special to the Sun.

Thirty-four fifth-grade contestants competed in The Haddon Fortnightly’s annual Spelling Bee on Jan. 16 at Christ the King Regional Catholic School. Luke Patterson of Central Elementary School was declared the winner after spelling the final word, ‘university.’ Pictured from left in the front row: third-place winner Harrison Berman, Patterson and second-place winner, Ryder Bozine.

Back row from left: Spelling Bee Co-Chairman Marie DiMatties, Commissioner Jeffrey Kasko, Mayor Neal Rochford, Commissioner Colleen Bianco Bezich and Bee Co-Chairman Susan Schmidt.

All three will compete in the Garden District Spelling Bee to be held at The Haddon Fortnightly on Sunday, Feb. 9.