Jason Hao receives “Senate Resolution” at CMS Seventh Grade Awards Assembly

Senator Joseph Pennacchio presenting Jason Hao with a Proclamation at the Central Middle School 7th Grade Awards Assembly

PARSIPPANY — Senator Joseph Pennacchio presented Jason Hao with a “Senate Resolution” at the Central Middle School 7th Grade Awards Assembly held on Tuesday, June 12.

Jason Hao was the first place winner during Central Middle School’s Fourth Annual Spelling Bee held onTuesday, February 27. (Click here to read related article.

Sixty-six classroom spelling bee champions from sixth, seventh and eighth grade competed for the school championship.

Joanne Hirsch, Spelling Bee Coordinator and teacher of English for 38 years in the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, organized the competition based on the Scripps National Spelling Bee guidelines.

After sixteen arduous and intensive rounds, this year’s school champion was a seventh grader, Jason Hao, who embraced the winning title with the word “humongous.”

A plaque in his name is displayed in the school and he received a free one year subscription to Encyclopaedia Britannica online (courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee).

Seventh grader Sehaj Munot came in second and Laya Neelisetty came in third.

The eloquent and articulate pronouncer was Mr. Joseph Gillespie, Computer Teacher, and the judges were Mr. Thomas Curcio, English teacher and Mrs. Theresa Mulroony (Guidance Counselor). Students had been enthusiastically studying 300 challenging words in preparation for the competition, and after the initial list was exhausted, random words from prior lists were utilized.

In light of the current focus on Core Content State Standards, this competition provides the opportunity for improvement of spelling and vocabulary skills.

A copy of the Senate Resolution appears below: