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Billings student makes it through 3rd round of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Posted at 3:38 PM, May 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-29 20:13:15-04


MISSOULA – A Billings girl nailed her word Wednesday at the Scripps National Bee but unfortunately won’t advance to the final round.

Annie Condon, a student at Ben Steele Middle School, spelled “heteronomous” correctly Wednesday to stay alive.

Condon was one of 369 spellers who got all the words right. Judges narrowed the list down to 50 based on an earlier written test.

The final round begins Thursday.

A total of 565 participants are competing for the largest cash prize in bee history, $50,000 for the champion. The event is in National Harbor, Md.

Other Montana competitors are Reagan Remmer, an eighth grader at of Missoula’s Target Range School, Kyra Hutchison of Kalispell and Clara Harmon of Helena.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program.

MTN News recently spoke to Remmer of Missoula. 

This will be her second trip to the national bee and says she’s excited to be part of it again.

“I think it’s a great experience. Bee week was one of the best weeks of my life. I’m really glad I get to relive it,” Remmers said.

The Finals will run from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Thursday and can be viewed on ESPNS2. The prime time finals continue from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.

Story by Melissa Rafferty and Erik Olson, MTN News