Arizona Spelling Bee 2011

Aired April 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Watch video updates from the 2011 Arizona Spelling Bee

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 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.

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


Congratulations to all the contestants!


Mitchell Behling

8th grade
Hamilton Prep Academy

Ruo Han Miao

7th Grade
Kyrene Aprende Middle
School (Chandler)

Saaketh Narayan

4th Grade
Sonoran Sky Elem. School

Austin Crane

8th Grade
Mount Elden Middle School

Maiti Peters

8th Grade
Thatcher Middle School



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

Wyatt Brittain
5th Grade
Pearce Elementary School

Daniela Rodriguez
6th Grade
Young Public School

Aaliyah Manuz
6th Grade
Laugharn Elemenary School

Andrew Alamban
7th Grade
Wallace Jr. High School

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

Sara Hileman
7th Grade
Hillcrest Middle School

Karla Garcia
8th Grade
Cordova Middle School

Emma Graham
4th Grade
Madison Traditional Academy

Aditya Sivakumar
5th Grade
Sahuaro Elementary School

Mathews Sajan
4th Grade
Paseo Verde School

Sumaita Mulk
6th Grade
Western Sky Middle School

Lily Whitler
7th Grade
Copper Trails School

Ashley Nguyen
7th Grade
Anderson Jr. High School

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

Maryam Jawid
6th Grade
Blue Ridge Middle School

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

Rudrakshi Dasika
4th Grade
Canyon View Elem. School

Sam Muniz
6th Grade
Mountain Vista School

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

Rachel Feingold
5th Grade
Abia Judd Elementary School

Pamela Picaro
8th Grade
Harvest Preparatory
Academy (Yuma)

*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county

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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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