Rachel Seo, Kristin Seperac win school-level spelling bee

They are representing C.J. Hooker at county bee on Wednesday


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  • The final four (from left): Rachel Seo, grade 7 winner; Victoria Jakakas, grade 7; Kristin Seperac, grade 8 winner; and Alex Thurtle, grade 8 (Photo provided)




  • The participants of the school-level spelling bee (Photo provided)




— Rachel Seo and Kristin Seperac will represent the C.J. Hooker Middle School at the Orange-Ulster BOCES Spelling Bee on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

Rachel and Kristin were the seventh- and eighth-grade winners, respectively, of the school-level bee held Feb. 1 at the middle school. They competed against 18 classmates in the seventh and eighth grades.

The county bee is organized each year by the Orange-Ulster BOCES School Library Services and sponsored by the Times Herald Record.

The school-level spelling bee was directed by English Language Arts Teacher Elena Jordon.

Participants were:

Grade 7Bridgette Bennis

Ysa Paneto

Antonio Ferraro

Gia Pfleger

Christopher Swift

Allison Tegnander

Jack Vanchieri

Rachel Seo

Victoria Jakakas

Aaron Gay

Grade 8Patrick McGovern

Ryan Dennehy

Daniel Horrego

Kristin Seperac

Andrew Gouveia

Andrew Svede

Ryan Primus

Isabel Dooley

Alexandria Thurtle

Catherine Moody



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