Four of the best spellers in southern AZ are heading to the AZ State Spelling Bee

Four of the best spellers in southern AZ are heading to the AZ State Spelling Bee

TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - Several students from southern Arizona schools are heading to the Arizona State Spelling Bee in Phoenix on March 23.

Trevlyn R Brimhall – 6th grader from Rincon Vista Middle School; Sai Konkimalla – 8th grader from BASIS Oro Valley; Diana Berry – 8th grader from Ray Borane Middle School (Douglas); Daniel Woodburn, 5th grader from Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School (Nogales) will be spelling their hearts out in Downtown Phoenix in a couple of weeks.

The best speller on March 23 will then represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. later this spring.

2019 marks the 21st year that Arizona Educational Foundation has sponsored the event.

Competition is open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. in the Arizona PBS studios on the sixth floor of the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 555 N. Central Ave.

The path to the AEF Arizona Spelling Bee began in December when schools throughout the state held qualifying bees. Winners progressed to district bees in January and then county and regional bees in February. Private, public, charter, and homeschool students were eligible to compete.

For more details about the AEF Spelling Bee program, please visit

2019 State of Arizona Spelling Bee Finalists:

  • Apache County: Jackson Greer – 7th grade, age 13, St. Johns Middle School (Saint Johns)
  • Cochise County: Diana Berry – 8th grade, age 14, Ray Borane Middle School (Douglas)
  • Coconino County: Hannah Dodt – 7th grade, age 12, Flagstaff Home Educators (Flagstaff)
  • Gila County: Spencer Jackson – 8th grade, age 14, Young Public School (Young)
  • Graham County: Mariah Jensen – 8th grade, age 13, Thatcher Middle School (Thatcher)
  • Greenlee County: Kryzzia Marie Cortez – 8th grade, age 14, Fairbanks Middle School (Morenci)
  • LaPaz County: Juan Ruelas – 8th grade, age 13, Wenden Elementary School (Wenden)
  • Maricopa County 1: Katherine Rayter – 8th grade, age 14, Altadena Middle School (Phoenix)
  • Maricopa County 1: Joshua Whipple – 7th grade, age 13, Connolly Middle School (Tempe)
  • Maricopa County 2: Omkar Bharath – 6th grade, age 11, Desert Canyon Middle School (Scottsdale)
  • Maricopa County 2: Emily Tran – 6th grade, age 12, Desert Trails Elementary School (Phoenix)
  • Maricopa County 3: Marcus Giorza – 8th grade, age 14, Madison #1 (Phoenix)
  • Maricopa County 3: Pragya Prasad – 4th grade, age 9, Madison Traditional Academy (Phoenix)
  • Maricopa County 4: Kenneth Armstrong – 7th grade, age 13, Desert Palms Elementary School (Glendale)
  • Maricopa County 4: Annabelle Tran – 8th grade, age 14, Frontier Elementary School (Peoria)
  • Maricopa County 5: Chema Estreller – 5th grade, age 11, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Goodyear)
  • Maricopa County 5: Srihaas Ghanta – 5th grade, age 10, Archway Trivium East (Goodyear)
  • Maricopa County 6: Zakk Bolton – 6th grade, age 11, Chandler Traditional Academy Humphry Campus (Chandler)
  • Maricopa County 6: Sifarth Rahaman – 4th grade, age 9, Harris Elementary School (Gilbert)
  • Mohave County: Johnathan Timpson – 8th grade, age 13, Masada Charter School (Centennial Park)
  • Navajo County: Parker Stubblefield – 8th grade, age 14, Winslow Junior High School (Winslow)
  • Pima County: Trevlyn R Brimhall – 6th grade, age 12, Rincon Vista Middle School (Tucson)
  • Pima County: Sai Konkimalla – 8th grade, age 13, BASIS Oro Valley (Oro Valley)
  • Pinal County: Colby Christopherson – 8th grade, age 14, Eduprize Queen Creek (Queen Creek)
  • Santa Cruz County: Daniel Woodburn, 5th grade, age 10, Francisco Vasquez de Coronado Elementary School (Nogales)
  • Yavapai County: Alyah Alpert – 3rd grade, age 8, Alpert Homeschool (Prescott)
  • Yuma County: Gabriella Von Fumetti – 7th grade, age 13, Ron Watson Middle School (Yuma)

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