Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University hosts annual ‘Words With Friends’ city-wide Spelling Bee

CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

Westfield­—The 8th Annual “Words with Friends” city-wide Spelling Bee will be held Thursday, February 7 at 6 p.m. at Westfield State University on Dever Stage in Parenzo Hall.

Fourth grade elementary school students from across the city of Westfield will compete at the event. The event is sponsored by MedExpress of Westfield and organized by the Circle K (Kiwanis) club at Westfield State in conjunction with the Volunteers in Public Schools of Westfield.

The preliminary spelling bee included participation from more than 500 students in the city’s elementary school system. The elementary schools represented are: Abner Gibbs, Franklin Avenue, Highland Avenue, Munger Hill, Paper Mill, Southampton Road, and Russell School.

The finalists for the 2019 competition are Lanah Woody and Mohammad Khanan from Abner Gibbs, Jordan Bell and Maxim Gravrilov from Franklin Avenue, Boris Borisov and Katherine Gutsul from Highland Avenue, Jonas Miller and Grace Connors from Munger Hill, Evan Paradis and Daniel Romanelli from Paper Mill, and Giovanni Santaniello and Bridget LaFew from Southampton Road.    

Each elementary school sends its top two students to the finals at Westfield State. The final 14 students face off at the event, where they will each receive a finalist medal. Additional prizes are also awarded to the top three spellers. A plaque with the names of the winners, along with their school, is awarded to the top student’s school annually.

The event is free and open to the public.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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