Arizona Spelling Bee 2014

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 25-31, 2014.

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 2014 Arizona Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to all the contestants!


Nila Dhinaker
7th Grade
Cooley Middle School
Christopher O’Connor
8th Grade
St. Cyril of Alexandria School
Sean Bolus
8th Grade
Hopi Jr/Sr High School
(Keams Canyon)
Isha Paode
7th Grade
Willis Jr. High School
Jacob Rimmer
6th Grade
Boulder Creek Elementary School


Johanna Jessop
8th Grade
Concho Elementary School
Ethan Johnson
6th Grade
Center for Academic Success
(Sierra Vista)
Orin Blankenship
8th Grade
Sinagua Middle School
Kendra Martinez
8th Grade
High Desert Middle School
Callie Konopnicki
6th Grade
Ruth Powell Elementary School
Michael McGrath
7th Grade
Duncan Elementary School
April Alamban
7th Grade
Wallace Jr. High School
Jarett Hansen
6th Grade
Franklin at Brimhall Elementary School
Jack Piorkowski
5th Grade
Kyrene de la Colina School
Rithika Arya
8th Grade
Desert Heights Preparatory Academy
Savannah Turley
6th Grade
Faith North Montessori School
Anjali Moore
8th Grade
Madison Meadows School
Jessica Zylstra
6th Grade
Lookout Mountain Elementary School
David Denogean
7th Grade
Desert Spirit Elementary School
Sariya Camp
7th Grade
Marley Park Elementary School
Tatiana Asadourian
4th Grade
Desert Oasis Elementary School
Lexi Montbriand
5th Grade
Jamaica Elementary School
(Lake Havasu City)
Caleb Smith
8th Grade
Esperero Canyon Middle School
Audrey Lim
8th Grade
St. Anthony’s School
(Casa Grande)
Jella Tatil
8th Grade
Lourdes Catholic School
Miranda Todd
8th Grade
Sacred Heart School
Robert “Jake” Monson
6th Grade
Ron Watson Middle School

*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county

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