Morris Student Wins North Jersey Spelling Bee, Heads to National Competition

Katharine Wang beat 76 competitors in the North Jersey spelling bee Wednesday night.

Katharine Wang probably isn’t all that interested in Icelandic wrestling.

But on Wednesday night, it was her favorite sport.

Competing in the 77th Annual North Jersey spelling bee finals, Wang, a 12-year-old who attends the Peck School in Morristown, correctly spelled “glima” – the word for an Icelandic wrestling move – to win the final round and best 76 competitors from Morris and Bergen counties, according to northjersey.com.

With the win, Wang will head to Washington D.C. and compete against finalists from around the country in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in June.

Wang attends Morristown’s Peck School as a seventh-grader, the report said. The runner-up in the event was Roshni Kanthan, a student at Littleton Elementary School in Morris Plains.

The last national spelling bee winner from New Jersey was Kerry Close in 2006.


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