Spelling bee at MMS

Photo by Jenny Kirk

Fifth-grader Jack Gunn was among more than 50 student qualifiers to take part in one of two spelling bees on Tuesday at Marshall Middle School. Gunn outlasted 23 other spellers in the fifth- and sixth-grade bee, earning the right to represent his school at the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 6 in Redwood Falls. Gunn won the local spelling bee after getting through 10 rounds — each of which included extremely challenging words. MMS sixth-grader Hannah Gordon finished in second place and will serve as an alternate or as a participant in the event the winner cannot attend. Fifth-grader Liam Kruse made it to Round 8 before being tripped up on a word, finishing in third overall. In the seventh- and eighth-grade spelling bee, 30 student qualifiers went head to head. Eighth-grader Grace Gordon — the older sister of Hannah Gordon — won the contest, while classmate Emma Runchey Smalley finished as runner-up and can attend the regional bee as an alternate.