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Tension, Excitement of 27 Finalists in Arizona Spelling Bee 2012
Palpable in Eight Production; Show Repeats 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29

PHOENIX…April 10, 2012…Cheer for your hometown contestant, and test yourown spelling skills, in this hour-long program filled with highlights of this year’s Arizona Spelling Bee. The show airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 29 on Eight, Arizona PBS.

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, the statewide competition is taped in its 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 30-31, 2012.

The top five winners from this year’s spelling bee are: Sumaita Mulk, 1st place, 7th grade, Herberger Young Scholars Academy in Glendale; Ruo Han Miao, 2nd place, 8th grade, Kyrene Aprende Middle School in Chandler; Dani Zylstra, 3rd place,5th grade, Lookout Mountain Elementary School in Phoenix;Christopher Smith, 4th place, 6th grade, Chandler Traditional Academy/Liberty in Chandler; and Gavin Vogt, 5th place, 5th grade, Jacobson Elementary School in Chandler.

Finalists must first win a series of competitions at local, district and regional or county levels. The Arizona Spelling Bee 2012 is made possible by theArizona Educational Foundation.

Spelling Bee

Arizona’s top K-8 spellers compete in this year’s state spelling bee airing Tuesday, April 17 on Eight, Arizona PBS.

Photo Credit: Eight, Arizona PBS

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