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Billings girl defends title at county spelling bee

Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 16:22:52-04

The final word for the the winner of the Yellowstone County Spelling Bee was fanfaronade.

Annie Condon, an 8th grader at Ben Steele Middle School, took first place at the Lincoln Center Auditorium on Saturday.

She also won in 2019.

Ashley LeFevre, an 8th grader at Castle Rock Middle School, came in second.

Hannah Hibbard, a 7th grade home school student, finished third.

Andersen Hurst, a 7th grader at Ben Steele, rounded out the top four.

Condon talked about what it takes to win.

"A lot of discipline," said Condon, "Studying, hard work and grace under pressure. You have to keep your composure so that you can think clearly."

Jaclyn Terland won the the Yellowstone County Spelling Bee and the Treasure State Spelling Bee in 2000.

She was the pronouncer at this year's county bee and also teaches music at Sweet Grass County High School in Big Timber.

"I'm a teacher and I love kids," Terland said. "And so i really enjoy seeing kids who study hard and work hard at it and like encouraging them in this kind of pursuit."

The top four move on to the Treasure State Spelling Bee next Saturday at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The bee in Bozeman is for a chance at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 24-29 at Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland.