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Westfield's Mira Mehta Wins First Place at Regional Spelling Bee

Mehta is a fourth-grader at Wilson Elementary School.

Westfield's Mira Mehta took home the first place trophy Saturday at the Junior Woman's Club Central Regional Spelling Bee at the Franklin School auditorium in Kearny.

Mehta, a Wilson Elementary School fourth-grader, competed against fourth and fifth graders from Summit, Verona, Arlington, Cranford, Cedar Grove, Milltown, and Hightstown. 

"All the kids were good spellers and I'm very happy I won," Mehta said. "I'm looking forward to the next round."

Calm under pressure, Mehta won the top spot at the Westfield Bee, held in late January at Westfield High School, to qualify to advance to the Regional Bee.

Mira's mom, Amisha, said the top-notch speller is readying for the State Bee, which will be held at the New Jersey State Federation of Woman's Clubs Headquarters in New Brunswick on March 9.

How will Mari prepare for the big Bee?

"She will review the list for the next round, provided by the Junior Women's group," said Amisha. "But I think what has really helped her so far is that she loves to read." 

Other winners from the Regional Bee include:

Second Place: Grace Cuddihy  Cranford
Third Place: Ishika Rai  Hightstown
Fourth Place: Nathan Ackerman Hightstown
Fifth Place: Ryan Toomey Cedar Grove
Sixth Place: Isabelle Hunt Cranford

There will be a total of 18 contestants from Southern, Central and Northern New Jersey at the State Bee.

Westfield Patch wishes Mira good luck.

Sherry Cronin February 26, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Congratulations Mira! Good luck!
Olga Gnatenko February 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Great job, best of luck to you! We offer regional winners a free premium upgrade to LearnThatWord.org to help prepare for the next round. Our spelling bee module is close to 30,000 words strong. Please contact us through the support link and refer to this article.

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