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Alexa Marsh, far right, an eighth-grader at St. Ann School, Raritan Borough, holds a certificate for finishing first in a recent spelling bee conducted by the New Jersey Knights of Columbus Chapter 4 for eighth-grade students in the diocese. Others in photo, from left, fourth-place winner Aparna Natarajan, St. Helena School, Edison; Spelling Bee Chairman Steven Bauernfeind of St. Joseph Council 10627, High Bridge; second place, Kirk Olandres, St. Helena School; and third place, Carly Rodriguez, St. Ann School. The students are eligible to participate in the Knights of Columbus State Finals Spelling Bee, which is scheduled to be held April 12 at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Epiphany in Brick. The Chapter 4 spelling bee was held at St. Ann School and hosted by Knights of Columbus Sgt. John Basilone Council 13264. In addition to Bauernfeind, officiating were Hugh Gallagher, Past Grand Knight, host council 13264; Kevin Loughney, Grand Knight St. Joseph Council 10627; and Thomas Klawunn, St. Joseph Council 10627. - Thomas Klawunn photo


Sister Kim Chi, a member of the Lovers of the Holy Cross congregation, watches over a disabled child at the Thien Phuoc center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. -CNS photo/Tom Fox, National Catholic Reporter