AMY BLAKELY For Lee Montana newspapers
In 1975, Marie Grose Campbell — then a 14-year-old eighth-grader at C.R. Anderson School in Helena — won the Treasure State Spelling Bee and a trip to the 48th annual National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
She represented Lee Newspapers of Montana. Now, 47 years after winning the state bee and going to the National Spelling Bee, Campbell is a third-grade instructor at Basha Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona.
“I tell my students that spelling is important because people need to be able to read what you’ve written, and your writing is also judged on spelling and handwriting when it is on display,” she said.
Winning a seat in the National Spelling Bee “taught me the importance of education, of working hard and being determined, of setting goals and working to achieve them.”
Those are words of wisdom for eighth-grader Ellette Whitcomb from Sussex School in Missoula, who won this year’s Treasure State Spelling Bee in March.
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Whitcomb will represent the area in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee the week of Memorial Day at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National