Photo Gallery: 2022 District Spelling Bee

Erhan Mulvihill displays the trophy he won as 2022 District Spelling Bee champion.

ABOVE: Erhan Mulvihill, an Elmwood 4th grader, displays the trophy he won as 2022 District 401 Spelling Bee champion. Elmwood Park Police Chief Frank Fagiano was on hand to present the trophy, which Elmwood will house for another year. Erhan is the third consecutive Elmwood student to win the event. D401 photo by Dave Porreca (click for larger view).


It took 45 rounds and almost two hours of competition, but Elmwood Park has a new spelling champion. Erhan Mulvihill, a 4th grader at Elmwood Elementary School, won the 2022 District 401 Spelling Bee on Thursday, Feb. 10. For additional coverage, use this link.

The contest, which took place at Elmwood in the school gym before an audience of parents, friends and community members, featured 19 of the best spellers from the District's middle school and two elementary schools.

Mel Rubio, an Elm Middle School 7th grader, finished as runner-up. Mel was also runner-up in 2020, when he was an Elmwood 5th grader. (There was no District Spelling Bee in 2021 due to the COVID pandemic.)

John Mills 5th graders Lula Korntheuer and Alex Walls tied for eighth overall, making them the highest placing Trojans.

The contestants were selected at their respective schools based on the results of preliminary qualifying tests. As winner, Erhan received a trophy that will be housed at Elmwood for the next year. Congratulations to all who participated! Check below for our photo gallery of the event.


NOTE: To view the following photos in a slideshow format, click any of the pictures below. Except where indicated, all photos are by Dave Porreca, District 401 web/media specialist.