Arizona Spelling Bee 2012

Aired April 29 at 7p.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 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 Arizona Spelling Bee 2012 aired Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 7 p.m. and will air again Sunday, April 29 at 11 a.m. on Eight HD.

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
    Sumaita Mulk
    Sumaita Mulk
    7th Grade
    Herberger Young Scholars Academy
    (Glendale)
  • 2nd PLACE
    Ruo Han Miao
    Ruo Han Miao
    8th Grade
    Kyrene Aprende Middle
    School
    (Chandler)
  • 3rd PLACE
    Dani Zylstra
    Dani Zylstra
    5th Grade
    Lookout Mountain Elementary School
    (Phoenix)
  • 4th PLACE
    Christopher Smith
    Christopher Smith
    6th Grade
    Chandler Traditional Academy/Liberty
    (Chandler)
  • 5th PLACE
    Gavin Vogt
    Gavin Vogt
    5th Grade
    Jacobson Elementary School
    (Chandler)

Finalists :


  • Reyna Esquivel
    8th Grade
    Laugharn Elementary School
    (Clifton)

  • Sarah Chatter
    5th Grade
    Cromer Elementary School
    (Flagstaff)

  • Michael Gintz
    6th Grade
    Glendale Preparatory Academy
    (Glendale)

  • Lily Whitler
    8th Grade
    Copper Trails Elementary School
    (Goodyear)

  • Nicholai Bolus
    7th Grade
    Hopi Junior/Senior High School
    (Keams Canyon)

  • Faith Mendoza
    6th Grade
    Havasu Preparatory Academy
    (Lake Havasu City)

  • Maya Rhode
    8th Grade
    Legacy Traditional School
    (Maricopa)

  • Tristan Aguglia
    8th Grade
    Miami Junior High School
    (Miami)

  • Mariel Avelino
    8th Grade
    Sonoran Science Academy
    (Phoenix)

  • Martin Hernandez
    7th Grade
    Sunland Elementary School
    (Phoenix)

  • Katherine Leung
    8th Grade
    Tesseract School
    (Phoenix)

  • Daxton Bryce
    7th Grade
    Granite Mountain Middle School
    (Prescott)

  • Valeria Arvizu
    7th Grade
    Coatimundi Middle School
    (Rio Rico)

  • Alessia Garcia
    8th Grade
    San Luis Middle School
    (San Luis)

  • Justin Nguyen
    8th Grade
    San Simon School
    (San Simon)

  • Josh Colten
    5th Grade
    Sandpiper Elementary School
    (Scottsdale)

  • Andee Wallace
    8th Grade
    Round Valley Middle School
    (Springerville)

  • Emma Hargrove
    5th Grade
    Broadmor Elementary School
    (Tempe)

  • Elliott Groce
    6th Grade
    Laguna Elementary School
    (Tucson)

  • Christopher O’Connor
    6th Grade
    St. Cyril of Alexandria School
    (Tucson)

  • Jacquelin Harold
    8th Grade
    Wenden Elementary School
    (Wenden)

  • Hattie Houser
    8th Grade
    Bonita Elementary School
    (Willcox)
*contestants arranged in alphabetical order by county

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