photo by KENNETH FRY

Peggy Pierson of First Bank presents gift cards and trophies to Alma Middle School students who were the top finishers in Saturday’s Crawford County spelling bee. Emily Norton, 12, (right), won the spelling bee by correctly spelling democracy. Megan Patton (left) placed second. Emily, the daughter of Laura and Joe McLean and Paul Norton, advances to the state spelling bee in Conway Feb. 28. Megan, 11, is the daughter of Kim and T.J. Patton.