It took 98 words, but after several back-and-forth rounds for first and second place, Jessy Dalke spelled “supplement” correctly to become the Marion County spelling bee champion. Jessy is a fifth grader from Hillsboro Middle School. Her parents are Dale and Jana Dalke.
Runner up was six-grader Surinda Bell also of Hillsboro Elementary School. She is the daughter of Creigh and Keri Bell.
Third place went to Kylee Dixon of Marion Middle School. Her parents are Tom Dixon and Ronda Shipman and Susan Dixon.
Twenty elementary and middle school students from the county’s five school districts participated in the bee.