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Successful spellers cause a buzz at annual CYO Spelling Bee

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St. Paul fourth-grader John Clements prepares to spell as St. John the Evangelist fourth grader Josie Guzzo looks on during the first round of annual Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point on April 27. Clements finished as the runner-up to Guzzo, who won the division. (Anthony D. Alonzo photo)

 

            In late April, 41 students from Catholic schools around the Diocese of Gary participated in the 2016 Northwest Indiana Catholic Youth Organization annual Spelling Bee. Winners and participants by category are:

            Grades 7-8: Winner – Oluseyi Ogundipe of St. Paul, Valparaiso; Runner-up – Ella Jasnieski of St. Stanislaus Kostka, Michigan City; Ben Davis of St. John the Evangelist, St. John; Alexus McGhee of St. Casimir, Hammond; Aidan Bartnicki of Nativity of Our Savior, Portage; Shantall Martinez of Our Lady of Grace, Highland; Nina Qureshi of St. Stanislaus, East Chicago; Oliver Meraz of St. Thomas More, Munster; Tristan Stultz of Aquinas at St. Andrew’s, Merrillville; Anthony Pizana of St. Mary, Griffith; Madeline Chiabai of St. Michael, Schererville; Abigail Gula of St. John Bosco, Hammond; Nina Vivo of St. Mary, Crown Point; and Alex Linn of St. John the Baptist, Whiting.

            Grades 5-6: Winner – Zachary Plebanski of St. Casimir; Runner-up – Bryce Keslin of St. Michael; Hannah Gerstenkorn of St. John the Evangelist; Brooke Palmer of Nativity of Our Savior; Clare Frawley of St. Paul; Kathedra Csanyi of Our Lady of Grace; Kristina Vazquez of St. Stanislaus; Christian Vega of Aquinas at St. Andrew’s; Katie Pollock of St. Mary, Griffith; Elizabeth Fesko of St. Thomas More; Jacob Cardenas of St. John Bosco; Katie Mumaugh of St. Mary, Crown Point; Mia Wozniak of St. Stanislaus Kostka; and Chloe Arteaga of St. John the Baptist (did not compete).

            Grades 3-4: Winner – Josie Guzzo of St. John the Evangelist; Runner-up – John Clements of St. Paul; Arianna Magallanes of St. Casimir; Julia Dietrich of Nativity of Our Savior; Cody Wilson of Our Lady of Grace; Zahria Upshaw of St. Stanislaus; Edan Czarobski of St. Thomas More; Lily Castaneda of Aquinas at St. Andrew’s; Nolan Beverage of St. Mary, Griffith; Samuel Scalzitti of St. Michael; Xotchil Ramirez of St. John Bosco; Rodney Wash of St. Stanislaus Kostka; Indigo Moore of St. John the Baptist; and William Mouser of St. Mary, Crown Point.

 

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St. John the Baptist fourth-grader Indigo Moore spells during the first round of annual Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point on April 27. (Anthony D. Alonzo photo)

 

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St. Thomas More fourth-grader Edan Czarobski spells during the first round of annual Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point on April 27. Fourteen diocesan schools participated in the event.  (Anthony D. Alonzo photo)

 

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St. Stanislaus (Michigan City) eighth-grader Ella Jasnieski (right) listens to the word she is to spell during the final round in the seventh- and eighth-grade division of annual Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee at St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point on April 27.  (Anthony D. Alonzo photo)

 

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At the conclusion of the annual Catholic Youth Organization Spelling Bee at St. Mary Catholic Community School of Crown Point, trophies are awarded by CYO pogram coordinator Jennifer Richards (left) and pronouncer Celine Henderlong (right) on April 27. Students (left to right) Josie Guzzo, St. John the Evangelist fourth-grader; Zachary Plebanksi, St. Casimir sixth-grader; Oluseyi Ogundipe, St. Paul eighth-grader, won their respective divisions. (Anthony D. Alonzo photo)

 

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