Arizona Spelling Bee 2015

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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 24–May 29, 2015.

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 28 winners from the county spelling bees compete in the 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee.

2015 finalists:

Allyssa Hibbetts
8th Grade
Round Valley Middle School
Ethan Johnson
7th Grade
Center for Academic Success
(Sierra Vista)
Katrina Vollmer
6th Grade
San Francisco de Asis Catholic School
Colton Justice
6th Grade
Rim Country Middle School
Nevaeh Pompeo
6th Grade
Thatcher Elementary School
Lorenzo Harris
7th Grade
Duncan Elementary School
Angelo Carballo
8th Grade
Wallace Jr. High School
Megan Chen
7th Grade
Kyrene Altadena Middle School
Tommy LaPenna
7th Grade
Kyrene Middle School
Aditi Baghel
5th Grade
Fireside Elementary School
Keshav Nandakumar
7th Grade
Sierra Verde STEM Academy
Henry Calkins
5th Grade
Madison #1 Middle School
Savannah Turley
7th Grade
Faith North School
Karl Matthew Alcance
8th Grade
Abraham Lincoln Traditional School
Dani Zylstra
8th Grade
Mountain Sky Jr. High School
Tatiana Asadourian
5th Grade
Desert Oasis Elementary School
Ananya Eeraveni
8th Grade
Western Sky Middle School
Marcus Behling
8th Grade
Arizona College Prep Erie
Isha Paode
8th Grade
Willis Jr. High School
Bridgette Smith
6th Grade
White Cliffs Middle School
Brynna Johnston
6th Grade
Snowflake Intermediate School
Jillian Smith
6th Grade
Esperero Canyon Middle School
Daniel Ward
5th Grade
Mesquite Elementary School
Alaya Walton
8th Grade
Cactus Canyon Jr. High School
(Apache Junction)
Ashley Avila
8th Grade
Desert Shadows Middle School
Tanner Dodt
5th Grade
Heritage Christian Home Educators
(Prescott Valley)
Naina Misra
6th Grade
Bagdad Middle School
Yazan Abdella
7th Grade
Crane Middle School

*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county

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