"Birchwood girl wins Spell down"
From the Knik Arm Courier, March 30, 1960:
Eileen Newton, a Birchwood eighth grader, was the winner of the spelling bee finals held at the Chugiak School this week.
Eileen will go to Anchorage to compete with top spellers throughout the State, the champion of which will be sent to the National Spell Down in Washington, D.C.
Kathy Stevens was chosen alternate, in case Eileen should be unable to attend.
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