Spelling Bee Raises $800 To Build Library In Nepal

EDISON – Two Edison high school students organized a spelling bee last month that raised more than $800 to build a library at the Sirius English school in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Spell to Save Lives, held June 26 at the Edison Valley Playhouse on Oak Tree Road, divided contestants by age. The winners of the junior spelling bee, for students who have just completed grades 1-3, were Shreya Shridhar (first place), Ronak Dhingra (second place) and Emily Kopecky (third place.)  In the senior spelling bee, for students completing grades 4 and 5, Niyant Shatagar took second place and Sunjana Kolkarni finished in first.


Krithika Varagur and Gayathri Kodiyalam, both rising seniors at J.P. Stevens High School in Edison, organized the event. They will be going to Kathmandu in August to build the library. The pair has previously been recognized by the Edison Township Council for their fundraising efforts at the Save Lives Benefit 2009, an Indian dance-centered benefit that raised over $1200 for the orphans.

Varagur says that there are already plans to hold another spelling bee next year.

Children compete in the junior division of the Spell to Save Lives spelling bee on June 26.

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