Molly Olander, a seventh-grader at Nicollet Junior High in Burnsville, took home the championship trophy for winning the 29th annual district spelling bee on Nov. 29 in Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191.
Hibah Hassan, an eighth-grader at Eagle Ridge Junior High in Savage, was the runner-up.
The bee went 19 rounds and 239 words. The winning word was “grievance.”
Thirty-one students in grades five through eight participated. They were the building co-champions from 13 schools in District 191 and from St. John the Baptist school in Savage.
Neill Elementary School teacher Jim Condon was the pronouncer. Judges were Superintendent Randy Clegg and principals Elaine Mehdizadeh of Rahn Elementary and Jeff Nepsund of Marion W. Savage Elementary.