Rob Holme, a sixth-grader at Havre Middle School, qualified this week as top speller at the 2002 Hill County Spelling Bee.
Holme correctly spelled gratitude and overwhelmed to capture first place.
Spellers in grades five through eight competed at the 37th annual bee, held Tuesday at Havre Middle School.
Holme will represent Hill County at the state spelling bee on April 6 in Billings.
Here is a list of the contestants in order of finish:
1. Rob Holme, 6th grade, Havre Middle School, spelled gratitude and overwhelmed; 2. Josh Weigel, 7th, St. Judes/Havre Central, holograph; 3. Jeremy Giardina, 8th, HMS, Grecian; 4. Vanessa Lipp, 6th, Blue Sky, asunder; 5. Chelsea Harper, 6th, HMS, friar; 6. Jeremiah Moog, 7th, Blue Sky, praline; 7. Kashena Swan, 5th, Sunnyside, superabundant; 8. Leanna Writing Bird, 6th, Rocky Boy, bulbous; 9. Kaden Keto, 5th, Sunnyside, perceived; 10. Chris Buskirk, 7th, HMS, affluent. 11. Brittaney Kemmer, 8th, HMS, laurel; 12. Autumn Filler, 7th, HMS, rhythmic; 13. Edwin Lew, 5th, Sunnyside, contraband; 14. Lucas Minnick, 6th, HMS, inefficient; 15. Tiffany Meiwald, 7th, Box Elder, barricade; 16. Sarah Trottier, 6th, Rocky Boy, magnificently; 17. Taylor O'Connell, 7th, St. Judes/Havre Central, abolitionists; 18. Ashley Friede, 6th, Cottonwood, suburban; 19. Annie Freier, 6th, HMS, recurs. 20. Tori Belcourt, 7th, Box Elder, ogre; 21. Nate Harada, 7th, HMS, obliged; 22. Monica Laeupple, 6th, HMS, suffice; 23. Markus Waters, 7th, HMS, disentangle; 24. Angel Grant, 8th, Box Elder, mahogany; 25. Amber Watson, 6th, Rocky Boy, soluble; 26. Chelsea Lenhardt, 5th, Sunnyside, consistent; 27. Blair Stump, 8th, Rocky Boy, larceny; 28. Isaiah Standing Rock, 5th, Rocky Boy, druid; 29. Chelsea Small, 7th, HMS, contemptible; 30. Jacob Gabrielson, 5th, Sunnyside, sequester; 31. Heather Kohlman, 6th, HMS, misemphasize; 32. Jared Weigel, 8th, St. Judes/Havre Central, platonic; 33. Rae Ann Brostrom, 7th, HMS, candor; 34. Andria Bates, 5th, St. Judes/Havre Central, supremacy; 35. Emily Koffler, 7th, HMS, courtier; 36. Michael Belgarde, 5th, Rocky Boy, serenely; 37. Christina Hoppe, 7th, HMS, curiosity; 38. Chris Brandt, 7th, HMS, foliage; 39. Emily Allison, 8th, HMS, ante. 40. Carly Chenowith, 7th, HMS, dubiously; 41. Keri Burstock, 7th, HMS, declination; 42. John Brockie, 6th, HMS, corrugated; 43. Kayla Knowlton, 5th, Sunnyside, reevaluate; 44. Kenzie Welch, 8th, HMS, undiscerned; 45. Jackie Rock, 8th, Box Elder, frugal.
The following contestants went out in the first round:
Box Elder Fred Bacon, linear; Helen Russette, altogether; and Loni Belcourt, rugby.
Havre Middle School Robert The Boy, totem; Tessa Cunneen, allocate; Tyler The Boy, appalling; Jessica Jezek, hoax; Sandy Bitterman, trencher; Amanda Haas, piers; Melanie Lowry, congregation; Richard Jarvis, glassily; Joe Palmer, nonnative; and Louise Briere, kennel.
KG Reese Sterner, jeer and Tara Donoven, pupa.
Rocky Boy Alanna Stanley, spelling harness; Tiffany Denny, February; and Jolie Demontiney, insanity. St. Jude's/Havre Central Kelsey Malsam, forestall.
Sunnyside Makayla Mooney, peasant; Thomas Kline, dismayed; Shayla Preeshl, apology; and Beau Blackwell, partridge.