PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - Jan 17, 2013) - What do the words staphylococci, narcolepsy, psoriasis, and chlorophyll have in common? In addition to being used in the medical world, each of these terms was a winning word in a national spelling bee.
Each year, school children across the country study word roots, definitions, spelling and etymologies for countless hours in hopes of being crowned their school's spelling champ. BMO Harris Bank announces that it is continuing its multi-year support of the Yavapai County Spelling Bee. This year's bee is on February 13 in the Multi-Use Complex Theater at the Camp Verde Unified School District. The victor will represent Yavapai County in the state championship. The state champ will represent Arizona in Washington D.C. later this year participating in the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, where the 2012 winner took home more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
"Preparing for a spelling bee helps enforce a number of life skills in addition to improving the child's vocabulary and improving their spelling skills," said Steve Johnson, BMO Harris Bank Arizona President. "BMO Harris Bank is pleased to continue our financial funding of this event and the part it plays in support of our educational system."
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Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank(SM) is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base of approximately $180 billion.