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Each year, the state's best spellers in 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 annual event 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 Washington, D.C. to compete with spellers from across the nation.  

The Arizona Spelling Bee 2011 airs Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. on Eight, Arizona PBS. Video of the competition will also be available on the companion Web site at: and

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 Arizona Spelling Bee 2011 is made possible by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

Arizona Spelling Bee 2011 Finalists

Student, Grade, School, City                                                                        County

Christopher Levi Spears, 8th, St. Johns Middle School, St. Johns                 Apache
Wyatt Brittain, 5th, Pearce Elementary School, Pearce                                 Cochise
Austin Crane, 8th, Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff                           Coconino
Daniela Rodriguez, 6th, Young Public School, Young                                  Gila
Maiti Peters, 8th, Thatcher Middle School, Thatcher                                     Graham
Aaliyah Manuz, 6th, Laugharn Elementary School, Clifton                          Greenlee
Andrew Alamban, 7th, Wallace Jr. High School, Parker                               La Paz
LJ Gomez, 6th, Desert Garden Montessori School, Phoenix                         Maricopa -1
Ruo Han Miao, 7th, Kyrene Aprende Middle School, Chandler                   Maricopa – 1
Sara Hileman, 7th, Hillcrest Middle School, Glendale                                   Maricopa-2
Saaketh Narayan, 4th, Sonoran Sky Elementary School, Scottsdale             Maricopa-2
Karla Garcia, 8th, Cordova Middle School, Phoenix                                     Maricopa -3
Emma Graham, 4th, Madison Traditional Academy, Phoenix                       Maricopa-3
Aditya Sivakumar, 5th, Sahuaro Elementary School, Phoenix                      Maricopa-4
Mathews Sajan, 4th, Paseo Verde School, Peoria                                         Maricopa-4
Sumaita Mulk, 6th, Western Sky Middle School, Goodyear                         Maricopa-5
Lily Whitler, 7th, Copper Trails School, Goodyear                                        Maricopa-5
Mitchell Behling, 8th, Hamilton Preparatory Academy, Chandler                Maricopa-6
Ashley Nguyen, 7th, Andersen Jr. High School, Chandler                            Maricopa-6
Faith Mendoza, 5th, Starline Elementary School, Lake Havasu                    Mohave
Maryam Jawid, 6th, Blue Ridge Middle School, Lakeside                            Navajo
Kathleen Cammack, 8th, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Tucson     Pima
Rudrakshi Dasika, 4th, Canyon View Elementary School, Tucson               Pima
Sam Muniz, 6th, Mountain Vista School, Oracle                                           Pinal
Ruben Bojorquez, 6th, Calabasas Middle School, Rio Rico                          Santa Cruz
Rachel Feingold, 5th, Abia Judd Elementary School, Prescott                      Yavapai
Pamela Picaro, 8th, Harvest Preparatory Academy, Yuma                            Yuma 


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Eight, Arizona PBS specializes in the education of children, in-depth news and public affairs, lifelong learning, and the celebration of arts and culture -- utilizing the power of noncommercial television, the Internet, educational outreach services, and community-based initiatives. The PBS station began broadcasting from the campus of Arizona State University on January 30, 1961. Now more than 80 percent of Arizonans receive the signal through a network of translators, cable and satellite systems. With more than 1 million viewers each week, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. Arizonans provide more than 60 percent of the station's annual budget.

Eight is a member-supported service of Arizona State University.