Arizona Spelling Bee

The 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee will take place on Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the AZ PBS/Walter Cronkite building in downtown Phoenix: 555 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The event is free and open to the public.


The 2014 AEF™ Arizona Spelling Bee was held on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. at Eight/AZ PBS in downtown Phoenix.

Congratulations to the winner, Nila Dhinaker, a 7th grade student at Cooley Middle School in Gilbert. Representing Arizona,  Nila tied for 47th place in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which took place from May 27-May 29, 2014.

The Arizona Spelling Bee lasted for 21 exciting rounds, until there were only 2 spellers left. In order to win, Nila correctly spelled “effraction” ( which had been incorrectly spelled by the other finalist) and then correctly spelled “salvific.”

Runners up included 2nd place winner Christopher O’Connor, an 8th grader from St. Cyril  of Alexandria in Tucson; 3rd place winner Sean Bolus, an 8th grader from Hopi Jr./Sr. High School in Keams Canyon; 4th place winner Isha Paode, a 7th grader from Willis Junior High in Chandler; and 5th place winner Jacob Rimmer, a 6th grader from Boulder Creek Elementary in Phoenix.

The Arizona Spelling Bee was broadcast on Eight, Arizona PBS. To watch the broadcast, click here: 2014 Arizona Spelling Bee 


IMPORTANT: In order to participate in the 2015 AEF Arizona Spelling Bee, a student must attend a school (includes homeschooled students) that has enrolled with Scripps National Spelling Bee and has paid the enrollment fee to Scripps. School enrollment with Scripps National Spelling Bee will take place between August 19, and October 15, 2014. Late enrollment takes place between October 16, and December 12, 2014. A $75 penalty will be assessed for late enrollment. Enrollment is completed online; schools must visit and follow the enrollment instructions. Enrollment fees are as follows:

  • School Enrollment Fee: $130
  • Home School Family Enrollment: $90

The 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 1:00 p.m., at Eight/Arizona PBS, 500 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 in the Kemper & Ethel Marley Studio, 6th Floor.