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 Arizona PBS, the Arizona Spelling Bee is taped at the Arizona PBS 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 26–May 28, 2016.
An Arizona PBS 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 compete in the 2016 Arizona Spelling Bee.
St. Johns Middle School
Center for Academic Success
San Francisco de Asis Catholic School
High Desert Middle School
Safford Middle School
Fairbanks Middle School
Wallace Jr. High School
Kyrene Middle School
Barbara Bush Elementary School
Sunrise Middle School
Sierra Verde STEM Academy
Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy
Madison Heights Elementary School
Parkridge Elementary School
Lookout Mountain Elementary School
Desert Oasis Elementary School
Westpoint Elementary School
South Valley Jr. High School
Havasupai Elementary School
(Lake Havasu City)
Bonnie Brennan Elementary School
Marana Middle School
BASIS Oro Valley
Legacy Traditional School
Mary L. Welty Elementary School
Heritage Christian Home Educators
Crane Middle School
*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county