Education: Spelldown

Ever since she was "in the primer," honey-blonde Mattie Lou Pollard, 14, has gone to the same one-room schoolhouse near Thomaston, Ga. Her teacher at Sunnyside School had work on her hands, taking care of 34 boys & girls, eight grades and all subjects. But somehow the teacher, Mrs. George Phillips, had time to do right by Mattie Lou. Last week at the National Press Club in Washington, with mother and teacher looking on, Mattie Lou won the Scripps-Howard 20th National Spelling Bee, a $500 prize and a trip to New York. Said pleased-as-punch...

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