MINOT, N.D.- Middle schoolers from around Ward County competed for a chance to move on to the state spelling bee in Bismarck.
There were 70 students competing, but only two of them could spell their way to the next round.
South Prairie seventh grader, Annaliese Rauschenberger, correctly spelled "piccolo" to win this year’s Ward County Spelling Bee and punch her ticket to Bismarck.
Right behind her was the runner-up Anastasia Schonauer, Jim Hill seventh grader.
The bee was neck-and-neck between these girls and their friends and teachers say they're proud of them.
“My friend Ana Schonauer was here, and she's going to go to state, so I'm really proud of her,” said Althea Paneles, Jim Hill seventh grader.
“They cheer for their schoolmates or the people that are in their school district, and it’s fun to see the kids encourage each other,” said Jodi Johnson, Ward County Schools Superintendent.
Schonauer and Rauschenberger will represent Ward County at the state bee in Bismarck on Mar. 26th.