Airs Friday, April 21, 2017 at 8 p.m.
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 31 – June 1, 2017.
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 2017 Arizona Spelling Bee.
St. Johns Middle School
Town and Country Elementary School
San Francisco de Asis Catholic School
Lee Kornegay Intermediate School
Triumphant Learning Center
Quartzsite Elementary School
Gililland Middle School
St. John Bosco Catholic School
Explorer Middle School
Sunrise Middle School
Augustus H. Shaw Montessori School
Vista del Sur Accelerated Academy
Legacy Traditional School-Glendale
Sunset Heights Elementary School
Homeschoolers 4 Him
Legacy Traditional School Avondale
Desert Ridge Jr. High School
Sossaman Middle School
Yucca Elementary School
Winslow Jr. High School
Basis Tucson - Primary
Esperero Canyon Middle School
Villago Middle School
John Ferdinand Tatil II
Lourdes Catholic School
Heritage Christian Home Educators
San Luis Middle School
*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county