Arizona Spelling Bee 2013

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Each year, the state’s best spellers in grades K-8 come together for the Arizona Spelling Bee to determine who will represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Hosted by Eight, Arizona PBS, the Arizona Spelling Bee is taped at the Eight studios on the downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University.

The winner and an escort receive an all-expense paid trip to our nation’s capital to compete with spellers from across the U.S. on May 28-30, 2013.

An Eight original production made possible by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

The Spelling Bee challenges children to utilize their spelling and phonetic skills in a competitive environment. The finalists must first win a series of competitions at local, district and regional or county levels. The 27 winners from the county spelling bees competed in the 2013 Arizona Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to all the contestants!

Winners:

1st PLACE
Christopher O’Connor
7th Grade
St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic School
(Tucson)
2nd PLACE
Mathews Sajan
6th Grade
Highland Lakes School
(Glendale)
3rd PLACE
Tommy LaPenna
5th Grade
C.I. Waggoner Elementary School
(Tempe)
4th PLACE
Cal Hargis
8th Grade
Safford Middle School
(Safford)
5th PLACE
Magda Rodriguez
8th Grade
Morris K. Udall School
(Phoenix)

Finalists:

Johanna Jessop
7th Grade
Concho Elementary School
(Concho)
Brianna Cargile
8th Grade
Valley View Elementary School
(Hereford)
Lucas Crane
8th Grade
BASIS Flagstaff
(Flagstaff)
Colin Nossek
8th Grade
Rim Country Middle School
(Payson)
Lorenzo Harris
5th Grade
Duncan Elementary School
(Duncan)
Aubry Herrell
8th Grade
Wallace Jr. High School
(Parker)
Jack Piorkowski
4th Grade
Kyrene de la Colina School
(Phoenix)
Caleb Fisher
6th Grade
North Ranch Elementary School
(Scottsdale)
Emerley Tith
8th Grade
Vista del Sur Traditional School
(Laveen)
Magda Rodriguez
8th Grade
Morris K. Udall School
(Phoenix)
Karl Alcance
6th Grade
Abraham Lincoln Traditional School
(Phoenix)
Mariano Yanez Ibarra
8th Grade
Royal Palm Middle School
(Phoenix)
Adrian Cracolici
8th Grade
Verrado Middle School
(Buckeye)
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