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Letter to the Editor - Thanks to all on Hill County Spelling Bee

Dear Editor:

Feb. 9, 2023, the 56th Annual Hill County Spelling Bee was held at the Havre Middle School. Such an event can only happen with the help of dedicated community leaders.

Crucial financial support for this event was provided by Independence Bank in the form of Chamber of Commerce gift certificates for the top three finishers: $50, $35 and $20. Medals were provided by the Hill County Superintendent of Schools office.

There were 69 students (17 alternates), fourth through eighth grade, participating and each of these students were winners at local district spelling bees that were arranged by these teachers/administrators Box Elder Schools, Mollee Hunt; Cottonwood West School, Monica Mattson; Cottonwood North School, Lona Gibbs; Davey School, Sandi Bitterman; Gildford Colony School, Noel Kruse; Havre Middle School, Curt Leeds; North Star School, Jessica Myers and Carol Tempel; Rocky Boy School, Donald Cox; St. Jude School, Katie Kopp and Sunnyside School, Carrie Gillen. Filming was provided by Middle School teacher, Kelsey Ward.

Logistical help was provided by HMS Principal Curt Leeds and the HMS Maintenance Department. Donald Cox and his Box Elder team helped with contestant seating.

Those helping at the Spelling Bee were two past county superintendents of schools, two Hill County Commissioners, a Sunnyside school counselor, and five retired teachers. These officials were: Pronouncer of Words, Jackie Hanson. Judges were Marie Deegan, Carol Pleninger, Jake Strissel and Diane McLean. Rounds Keeper, Jayne Maxwell. Registration and seating, Julie Monson and Sheri Williams.

This opportunity would not exist without the efforts of these community leaders who see this as an investment in our youth. We owe them our thanks!


Vicki Proctor

Hill County Spelling Bee director


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