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Lizbeth Morel Of Yonker's School 16 Wins Spelling Bee

Lizbeth Morel of School 16 earned first place in the Yonkers Spelling Bee. Kleanthis Plakas of School 21 earned second place and Jessica Abu of Hudson View Christian Academy placed third.
Lizbeth Morel of School 16 earned first place in the Yonkers Spelling Bee. Kleanthis Plakas of School 21 earned second place and Jessica Abu of Hudson View Christian Academy placed third. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. -- School 16 fifth-grade student Lizbeth Morel was named champion of the 50th Annual Spelling Bee, sponsored by Yonkers Public Schools and the Exchange Club of Yonkers.

The event, which was held on Monday, June 2, welcomed 79 fifth-graders from Yonkers public and private schools, who competed valiantly.

In the end, Morel correctly spelled “vaguely” to place first; Kleanthis Plakas of School 21 earned second place and Jessica Abu of Hudson View Christian Academy placed third.

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