43rd Scripps National Spelling Bee
|43rd Scripps National Spelling Bee|
The Mayflower Hotel, site of the 43rd National Spelling Bee
|Date||June 3–4, 1970|
|Location||The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.|
|Residence||Mount Airy, North Carolina|
|Sponsor||Winston-Salem Journal & Sentinel|
|Sponsor location||Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|No. of contestants||74|
|Pronouncer||Richard R. Baker|
|Preceded by||42nd Scripps National Spelling Bee|
|Followed by||44th Scripps National Spelling Bee|
The winner was 14-year-old Libby Childress of Mount Airy, North Carolina, with the winning word "croissant". The competition ended with an 18-word duel with 14-year-old Tom Moe Jr. of Denver, who eventually misspelled "corymb" as "chorimbe".
There were 74 spellers this year, 44 girls and 30 boys. The first-place prize was $1000 (and a trip to New York City), $500 for second, $250 for third, $100 for next five, $75 for next ten, and $50 each for the remaining spellers.
As of 2015, Childress is the last entrant from North Carolina to win the national contest.
- Macino, Richard L. (2 June 1970). Champ Finds D.C. Capital Idea, Pittsburgh Press
- (4 June 1970). Spelling Bee Winners Hies To City Sights, Sarasota Journal (Associated Press)
- Macino, Richard L. (5 June 1970). 'Corymb' Spells Victory In Bee, Pittsburgh Press
- (5 June 1970). Practice Pays for Teen Spelling Champ, Palm Beach Post (UPI)
- (4 June 1970). Champion Speller, Reading Eagle (Associated Press wire photo of Childress and Moe)
- (30 May 2013). Celebrating the ability to spell, Times-News (Burlington, North Carolina)
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