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2022 Treasure State Spelling Bee in Bozeman March 12

MONTANA LIVING — The 2022 Treasure State Spelling Bee is March 12 in Bozeman.

The bee will be at 1 p.m. at the Montana State University Strand Union Building, Ballroom A. The Treasure State Spelling Bee features the top 60 spellers from grades 4-8 from over 200 public and private schools from nearly every county in Montana.

This year’s bee is the 57th annual event and will be held in Bozeman for the first time. It is also the first in-person, oral state spelling bee since 2019. The 2020 bee was cancelled due to COVID, and the 2021 bee was held using an online testing platform with no competition.

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The Treasure State Spelling Bee is the final competition for determining the one winner who will represent Montana at the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May. Prizes will also be awarded to the top spellers.

Prizes will be awarded to the top spellers and the winner of the bee will advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May 2022 to compete for $50,000 and other prizes.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee reaches millions of students across the country and around the world through its nationally televised competition and by providing classroom materials and contests guides to schools that are enrolled in the program. Scripps’ goal is to help students improve their spelling ability and vocabularies and to develop correct English usage that will help them throughout their lives.

Participation in local bees provides an opportunity for students to gain experience in public speaking, develop confidence, and inspire a love of learning and social connections with peers. Local schools conduct classroom and school bees throughout December and January and Henry’s office confirmed that the Gallatin County Spelling Bee will also be held in person in mid-February 2022. Schools in Montana are eligible to enroll in the 2021-2022 Scripps program now through January 31, 2022. Educators can visit to learn more and to enroll their schools in the program.

Chrysti “The Wordsmith” Smith will be pronouncing and television journalists from the bee’s sponsor Montana Television Network will be officiating.

MSU President Waded Cruzado and Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen will speak at a luncheon for the contestants and their families prior to the competition at 11:30 AM.

Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Matthew Henry is the director of the state bee.

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