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Eighth Grader from East Setauket Wins Long Island Spelling Bee

Sahil Sangwan, an eighth-grader at Paul J. Gelinas Junior High School in East Setauket, NY, won the Hofstra Long Island Regional Spelling Bee at Hofstra University’s John Cranford Adams Playhouse.

Sahil’s winning word was “Afrikaans.” Prior words he answered correctly were “balneotherapy” and “sagittal.” The competition began with more than 115 fourth- through eighth-grade students from schools across Nassau and Suffolk County. The top 39 students participated in the final spelldown competition.

The competition had three runners up; Ethan Reiser, an eighth-grader from Jericho Middle School in Jericho, NY, Yuktha Chiguripati, a seventh-grader from W T Clarke Middle School in Westbury, NY and Jenna Miller, a seventh-grader from Wantagh Middle School in Wantagh, NY. Their final words were “pileum,” “congelifract,” and “terraceous,” respectively.   

Today’s bee was the fourth to be held at Hofstra. Sahil will now represent Long Island at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in May.

Hofstra Associate Professor of Writing Studies and Composition and Associate Director of the Digital Research Center Ethna Lay will serve as head judge. Reading the words, their definitions and languages of origin to the students will be Jeffrey Morosoff, Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations. The bee began with a welcome from Melissa Connolly, vice president of University Relations for Hofstra University.

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