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Close to 100 North Dakota students competed in this year's State Spelling Bee at the Bismarck's Ramkota Inn. This year students weren't the only ones testing their spelling skills. While parents waited for their students, they were invited to join in the written portion of the test.

Parents that I spoke with said they were more nervous for themselves than their kids. It was humbling to find out how little they knew. 

All 97 students have to start here, the written test.

While the parents and siblings waited, they were invited to compete in their own written competition.

"It's exciting an nerve-wracking at the same time. It's really fun," says parent Peggy Bingham.

"It can be even training future spellers," says Lorraine Weber the Spelling Bee coordinator. "You know, even just the whole process of listening and you know writing, and following instruction."

Although it's a great way for parents to kill time and even win a prize. The parents and competitors are spelling the same words, possibly causing a little anxiety.

"Exactly, yeah I am. Because I'm thinking sometimes she over thinks it, and so do I. I was like, 'Oh, I hope you're getting this right,'" says Bingham.

"I know he had it way more than I did. We just compared answers and there's a couple that I spelled wrong that he spelled right," says parent Dusty Schumacher.

After spelling 50 words,  the sheets are collected and scores are tallied. The test taught everyone just how well they could spell.

"I was ok. I've gotten better as I've gotten older. But I'm realizing, I'm still not that great," says Schumacher.

After the written test, the top 25 competitors advance to the oral spelling test

"It could be a little bit more than 25 students. We take the top 25 scores and if there are any ties. We allow the ties to compete as well," says Weber.

There was a seven-way tie for the 25th spot in the finals, so 31 students will compete for the top four spots. But only one will spell winner.

For the parent contest, two had perfect scores Ty Korsmo and Char Roehl. Since there was only one prize there was a coin toss for the Barnes and Noble Gift Card.

The over-all State Spelling Bee Champion is Madeline Rickert from Minot, she will get an all-expense paid trip to compete in the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.

Respectively, second place goes to Taylor Roehl, third Joelle Sherlock and fourth to Rhiannon Giguere.

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