North Branch Area Middle School, 21 finalists in grades 5-8 participated in the second annual Spelling Bee Thursday, Jan. 29. Students made it through 15 rounds of challenging words. The school champion is Noah Doohen, 7th grade, who will move on to the Regional Spelling Bee on Feb. 12 at Resource Training and Solutions in Sartell. The runner -up is 5th grader Kobe Yang. Pictured (l to r): Kobe Yang and Noah Doohen.