Spelling Bee

After 26 rounds, 7th grader Hannah Campbell correctly spelled the word “magenta,” winning the bee.

VINELAND — A Northfield Community Middle School student won the South Jersey Regional Scripps Spelling Bee on Saturday morning.

After 26 rounds, seventh-grader Hannah Campbell correctly spelled the word “magenta,” winning the bee.

The competition was held at Pauline J. Petway Elementary and 39 children from Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties participated, said Terry Bordo, fifth-grade teacher and coordinator of the event.

Hannah won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., where she will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Nekita Thaker, an eighth-grader at Alder Avenue Middle School in Egg Harbor Township, took second place, while Melina Cortes, a sixth-grader at Johnstone Elementary School in Vineland, took third.

Contact: 609-272-7241 mbilinski@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPressMollyB

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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