The Purdy School spelling bee was held on Jan. 31. Contestants who participated in the spelling bee are pictured above. From left, are: Samantha Hestdalen, fourth grade; John Brown, fourth grade; Michael Brown, fourth grade; Mason Schallert, fifth grade; Parker Fuller, fifth grade; Zoe Brown, sixth grade; Mikey Schad, sixth grade; Weston Bricker, sixth grade; and Olivia Thomas, fifth grade. Bricker and Schad was the runner-up. The winning word was "acceptably." The competition consisted of over 90 words. Bricker will now participate in the Joplin Globe Spelling Bee on March 21 at Missouri Southern State University.