Arizona Spelling Bee 2011

Watch video updates from the 2011 Arizona Spelling Bee

Aired April 12 at 7:30 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 Eight, Arizona PBS, the Arizona Spelling Bee is taped at the Eight studios on the downtown Phoenix campus of Arizona State University.

The Arizona Spelling Bee 2011 aired Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 8 p.m. on Eight HD.

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.

An Eight 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 competed in the 2014 Arizona Spelling Bee.

Congratulations to all the contestants!

Winners:

  • 1st PLACE

    Mitchell Behling
    8th grade
    Hamilton Prep Academy
    (Chandler)
  • 2nd PLACE

    Ruo Han Miao
    7th Grade
    Kyrene Aprende Middle
    School (Chandler)
  • 3rd PLACE

    Saaketh Narayan
    4th Grade
    Sonoran Sky Elem. School
    (Scottsdale)
  • 4th PLACE

    Austin Crane
    8th Grade
    Mount Elden Middle School
    (Flagstaff)
  • 5th PLACE

    Maiti Peters
    8th Grade
    Thatcher Middle School
    (Thatcher)

Finalists :


  • Christopher Levi Spears
    8th Grade
    St. Johns Middle School
    (St. Johns)

  • Wyatt Brittain
    5th Grade
    Pearce Elementary School
    (Pearce)

  • Daniela Rodriguez
    6th Grade
    Young Public School
    (Young)

  • Aaliyah Manuz
    6th Grade
    Laugharn Elemenary School
    (Clifton)

  • Andrew Alamban
    7th Grade
    Wallace Jr. High School
    (Parker)

  • LJ Gomez
    6th Grade
    Desert Garden Montessori
    School (Phoenix)

  • Sara Hileman
    7th Grade
    Hillcrest Middle School
    (Glendale)

  • Karla Garcia
    8th Grade
    Cordova Middle School
    (Phoenix)

  • Emma Graham
    4th Grade
    Madison Traditional Academy
    (Phoenix)

  • Aditya Sivakumar
    5th Grade
    Sahuaro Elementary School
    (Phoenix)

  • Mathews Sajan
    4th Grade
    Paseo Verde School
    (Peoria)

  • Sumaita Mulk
    6th Grade
    Western Sky Middle School
    (Goodyear)

  • Lily Whitler
    7th Grade
    Copper Trails School
    (Goodyear)

  • Ashley Nguyen
    7th Grade
    Anderson Jr. High School
    (Chandler)

  • Faith Mendoza
    5th Grade
    Starline Elementary School
    (Lake Havasu)

  • Maryam Jawid
    6th Grade
    Blue Ridge Middle School
    (Lakeside)

  • Kathleen Cammack
    8th Grade
    St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
    Catholic School (Tucson)

  • Rudrakshi Dasika
    4th Grade
    Canyon View Elem. School
    (Tucson)

  • Sam Muniz
    6th Grade
    Mountain Vista School
    (Oracle)

  • Ruben Bojorquez
    6th Grade
    Calabasas Middle School
    (Rio Rico)

  • Rachel Feingold
    5th Grade
    Abia Judd Elementary School
    (Prescott)

  • Pamela Picaro
    8th Grade
    Harvest Preparatory
    Academy (Yuma)
*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county

Live Video Updates

Contestants Mitchell Behling and Sara Hileman checking in to the 2011 Arizona Spelling Bee.

Alberto Rios, Regents' Professor at Arizona State University and host of Eight's Books & Co. provides the opening remarks.

Contestants engage in a quick preliminary round to practice their skills.

Friends and family fill the studio to support the contestants.

Contestants and their families take a much needed ice cream break. Thanks Blue Bell!
We're getting into the later rounds of the Bee and the words are getting more difficult.

Setting up the stage for the final four showdown!

Mitchell Behling of Hamilton Prep Academy (Chandler) has won the 2011 Arizona Spelling Bee! Watch the exciting finale.

Alberto Rios hosts the trophy ceremony, celebrating the top five contestants in the 2011 Arizona Spelling Bee.

An interview with the 2011 Arizona Spelling Bee champion, Mitchell Behling.

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