Thirty-seven students from Conrad, Heart Butte, and Valier participated in the annual Pondera County Spelling Bee held Feb. 5.
After many difficult rounds and words, Matthew Lyons of UMS placed first, spelling the word miasma.
Tyla Kimball of Prairie View placed second. Angel Dugan of UMS placed third. Sheridan Johnson of UMS placed fourth, and Bonnie Brown of UMS placed fifth.
The Pondera Masonic Lodge 80 and the Conrad Lions Club provided the monetary awards for the bee.
The pronouncer was MaryAnn Ries.
The judges were Michele Goyette, Monica Tomayer, and Sandy Shirley.
The round counter was Diana Aagre, and the registration helpers were Debby Perry, Tammy Jones, Danele Dyer and Taya Dyer.
Lyons will be going to Billings to participate in the state spelling bee in March.