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ARIZONA K-8 STUDENTS TO COMPETE IN STATE SPELLING BEE – MARCH 29, 1 P.M.

Eight, Arizona PBS to host and broadcast event, which sends winner to national spelling bee in Washington, D.C.

WHAT:  Eight, Arizona PBS will host the annual AEF Arizona Spelling Bee presented by the Arizona Educational Foundation.  The spelling bee will be taped with a live audience on Saturday, March 29 at 1 p.m. at Eight, Arizona PBS studio A.  The public is welcome to attend.  Footage from the event will be edited by Eight, Arizona PBS into a 60-minute program premiering on Friday, April 11 at 9 p.m. on Eight HD.  An Eight original production made possible by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

WHO:  Twenty-seven students will compete in this state spelling bee. These students earned their places in the state competition by winning their school spelling bees, regional spelling bees and county spelling bees to rank among the 27 finalists competing in the AEF Arizona Spelling Bee.  The winner of this Arizona spelling bee receives an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Last year, 7th grade student Christopher O’Connor won and represented Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

WHERE:  At Eight, Arizona PBS studio A, 6th Floor, 555 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004. (Light Rail accessible from Van Buren stop)

WHEN:  Saturday, March 29, 1 p.m. (Live taping of event)

About Eight, Arizona PBS

Eight, Arizona PBS is a trusted community resource.  For over 52 years, the PBS station has focused on educating children, reporting in-depth on public affairs, fostering lifelong learning and celebrating arts and culture. Eight achieves its mission through the power of non-commercial television, the Internet, educational outreach and community-based initiatives. Its signal reaches 80 percent of the homes in Arizona. With more than 1 million viewers weekly, Eight consistently ranks among the most-viewed public television stations per capita in the country. For more information, visit azpbs.org.

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