The 14th annual Van Alstyne Middle School Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, Jan. 12 in the VAMS cafeteria.

Students first competed within their grade level, then the top six from each grades of grades 5-8 competed in the all school Spelling Bee. Former Van Alstyne Independent School District teacher Melissa Atchison with the Howe Community Library moderated the event.

After several rounds, eighth grader Ashlynn Karguth successfully spelled her final word, along with the championship word and was named the winner. Karguth will represent Van Alstyne and compete on Feb. 2 at the Grayson County Spelling Bee.