Missoula: 8th-Grader Ellette Whitcomb Wins Spelling Bee-Headed to Maryland for Nationals

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BOZEMAN — Eighth-grader Ellette Whitcomb from Sussex School in Missoula will be heading to National Harbor, Maryland for the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Fifty-seven students from across the state gathered at Montana State University to compete in the 57th Annual Treasure State Spelling Bee. Some traveled a few minutes, others traveled hundreds of miles.

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By: Jane McDonald KPAX News

BOZEMAN — Eighth-grader Ellette Whitcomb from Sussex School in Missoula will be heading to National Harbor, Maryland for the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Fifty-seven students from across the state gathered at Montana State University to compete in the 57th Annual Treasure State Spelling Bee. Some traveled a few minutes, others traveled hundreds of miles.

“In elementary school, I was just always good at spelling,” Ellette said. “In sixth grade, I spelled the word ‘avocado’ wrong, and I promised never to do that again.”

Many of the students competing began spelling competitively at young ages, and over the course of two and a half hours, they all took a turn spelling words for a panel of judges.

As time went on, the rounds grew larger, and the spellers dwindled down to a top three: Mason Stonehocker, Jairo Tumonong, and Ellette Whitcomb.

Tumonong, a sixth-grader from Roosevelt County, attends school at Northside School and credits his parents for their help to prepare for the Bee. Tumonong was given a bronze medal, placing third in the Treasure State Spelling Bee.

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