MISSOULA – Students were buzzing with excitement as the W-I-N-N-E-R was announced at the Missoula County Spelling Bee.

Some 52 students from schools all across the county tested their mettle on stage. The spellers were tested on their knowledge of words from all different languages.

Target Range seventh grade student Reagen Remmerss won first place for the third time in a row after 19 tense rounds. Se correctly spelled the winning with the word “ECRU” which is a light shade of beige.

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Remmers won in 2016 and 2017 and hopes to continue her winning streak next year. She says that she puts a lot of work into preparing for the spelling bee.

“I have a coach who was also my homeroom teacher, and we like to learn Greek and Latin roots, we memorize lists of words. My goal is to win all four years that one going to be here,” Remmers said. “I just really hope I win next year too.

Remmer will now head to Billings for the 53rd Annual Treasure state spelling bee on March 17. The winner of the state event will then represent Montana at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Reporting by Donal Lakatua for MTN News