Nearly 40 fifth through eighth graders tried their luck at the 2016 Fillmore County Spelling Bee. The event, which is co-sponsored by Fillmore County and The Nebraska Signal, took place last Tuesday morning in the court room of the Fillmore County Courthouse in Geneva. Sherri Nun compiled the word lists and presented them to the students for the contest. Tops in the fifth and sixth grade division on February 16 were (above, L-R) Tyler Grote, Shickley, fourth; Isaac Janing, Fillmore Central, third; Braden Capek, Exeter-Milligan, second; and Alex Schademann, FC, first. Trophy winners in the seventh and eighth grade division were (below, L-R) Halle Theis, FC, first; Kalon Cooper, FC, second; Caitlin Murphy, E-M, third; and Brooke Jorgenson, Shickley, fourth.