The 17 students in the contest Friday, Jan. 26 had each placed first in his or her homeroom class.

John Bassett Moore Intermediate School in Smyrna held its 2018 Spelling Bee Friday, Jan. 26 in the auditorium.

Alanis Irizarry-Montes won first place.

Sherry Lin placed second, and Ian Bangson finished third.

The 17 contestants had each placed first in his or her homeroom class.

Alanis will now represent the school at the Delaware State Spelling Bee Saturday, March 3 at St. Mark's High School in Wilmington.