Top Spellers Compete In Bee March 24

The state’s top 27 spellers, ranging in age from 10-14, are studying etymologies and word lists in preparation for the 2012 Arizona Educational Foundation Arizona Spelling Bee, which will be held Saturday, March 24 in Phoenix.
This is the 13th year the event is being sponsored by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF), a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in education through diverse statewide programs and community partnerships throughout the year.

“This is just one of the programs administered by the Arizona Education Foundation. Spelling Bees promote healthy competition and challenge children to utilize their spelling and phonetic skills in a competitive environment as a way to positively impact their communities as well as to showcase the academic talent throughout Arizona schools,” explains AEF Executive Director Bobbie O’Boyle. “We have some extraordinary achievers inArizona’s schools and we want to provide them with the opportunity to excel and improve in their area of expertise to the best of their abilities.”

The Bee, which is open to the public, will begin at 1pm at the Eight/Arizona PBS studios on the sixth floor of the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, located on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus, 555 North Central Avenue. Thirteen counties are each represented by one contestant. Pima County is represented by two and Maricopa County is represented by 12. The winner of the Arizona Spelling Bee will represent Arizona in the 85th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 27-June 1 in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.azedfoundation.org.

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