Details for LEE GROUP ADVERTISING - Ad from 2019-03-16

Montana’s top young spellers are in Billings today for the 54th annual Treasure State Spelling Bee. The 61 competitors will vie for the opportunity to represent Montana at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. The contest is sponsored by the Lee Newspapers of Montana, including The Billings Gazette, The Missoulian, Butte Montana Standard and Helena Independent Record. The Bee, open to the public at no charge, will begin at 9 a.m. in the Fortin Gymnasium at Rocky Mountain College. More than 30,000 Montana students grades four through eight participated in the bee program this year. The spelling bee process starts with classroom competitions. Winners advanced to school contests, and some participate in city and rural area bees before county spelldowns. Most Montana counties conduct a bee and send one representative to the contest with the following exceptions: Yellowstone County, four spellers; Cascade, Missoula, Gallatin and Flathead, three each; and Ravalli, Butte/Silver Bow, Lewis & Clark and Lake, two each. In addition to the trip to Washington, D.C. for himself/herself and a parent, the state winner receives a 2019 United States Mint Proof set, one year subscription to MerriamWebster Unabridged Online, one year subscription to Britannica Online Premium and a plaque. A $100 cash award, a plaque and other prizes go to second place. Cash and other prizes will be presented to spellers placing in final rounds. All contestants will be awarded Certificates of Participation, complimentary gifts sponsored by Rocky Montana College and Webster’s Pocket Dictionaries provided by the Montana Court Reporters Association. Rebecca M. Sabo, Montana Court Reporters Association president. This year’s national contest will feature more than 280 spellers representing newspaper circulation areas who will compete for more than $30,000 in cash prizes. Last year, Aidan Veress, Park County, represented Montana at the national bee. Pronouncer for the state contest will be former Bee winner and longtime pronouncer Jaclyn Terland. Judges will be Diane Svee, former Treasure State Spelling Bee Director; Julia Lillethun, Yellowstone County Spelling Bee Director; and Aidan Veress 2018 Spelling Champion Park County COUNTY CHAMPIONS Nathan Rayburn Kaden Billin Beaverhead County Big Horn County Hunter Moore Elizabeth Goettle Amelia Henry Georgia Carraway Choteau County Gallatin County Christian Gillmore Jefferson County Dana Lerum Daniels County Lyla Mitchell Elizabeth Cunningham Judith Basin Kendra Manger Alizae Howard Jonathan Siewing Emma Barrick Fiona Varnum Wibaux County Zoe Markman Gallatin County Meagher County Sheridan County Anna Hull Dawson County Gallatin County Madison County Petroleum County JJ Jendro Blaine County Lake County Molia Dao Mineral County Kayleigh Opstedahl Phillips County Powder River County Nancy Yang Spencer Callaghan Annie Condon Hank Jagodzinski Silver Bow County Silver Bow County Chloe Evertz Carbon County Michael Miller Deer Lodge County Eliza Harbaugh Garfield County Michelle Jury Lake County Gabriel Hendrix Missoula County Ashton Bledsoe Corlan Laughery Carter County Skylar Rutten Fergus County Ashlyn Brown Connor Sturges Cascade County Katie Benkelman Flathead County Valentina Sanguins David Wolfe James MacDonald Kyra Hutchison McKenna Dunham Elizabeth Perry Sophia Purkett Cascade County Flathead County Glacier County Golden Valley County Granite County Annika Nehring Clara Harmon Martin Fulbright Lewis and Clark County Lewis and Clark County Max Diaz Missoula County Lillian Bennett Powell County Ravalli County Emily Zachary Ona Larson Kiowa Laverdure MacKenzie Hanson Stillwater County Sweet Grass County Yellowstone County Yellowstone County Yellowstone County Yellowstone County Reagan Remmers Liberty County Lily Vickers Missoula County Musselshell County Ian Robinson Audriana Four Bear Ravalli County Paige Hatch Teton County Roosevelt County Paolo Manda Toole County Cascade County Flathead County Hill County Isaac Lamere Lincoln County Remy Sexton Park County Kaitlyn Ducept Sanders County Grace Reyes Valley County

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