Monday's Spelling Bee at Nevis School took over an hour and 19 rounds to determine who was the top speller in grades 5-8. Seventh grader Grace McNamee walked away with the first place trophy and seventh grader Isaac Bessler with second place after a double elimination championship round. McNamee will represent Nevis School at the Northwest Regional Spelling Bee in Thief River Falls on Feb. 5.

Contestants in the Nevis Spelling Bee were Freddy Arellano, Carolyn Geimer, Lauryn Eischens, Ella DeWitt, Ramsey Fisher, Ava Forbes, Cassandra Bolster, Noah Olson and Annabelle Bolster and (front, from left) AnjLee Tostenson, Nevaeh Hollingsworth, Grace McNamee, Isaac Bessler, Bennett Bessler, Dawson Cowfer and James Moen.