Arizona Spelling Bee


The 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee took place on Saturday, March 21st at 1:00 p.m. at the AZ PBS/Walter Cronkite building in downtown Phoenix.

Congratulations to the winner, Marcus Behling, an 8th grade student at Arizona College Prep Erie in Chandler. Marcus will represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., which will take place from May 24-May 29, 2015.

The 2015 Arizona Spelling Bee lasted for 16 exciting rounds, until there were only 2 spellers left. In order to win, Marcus correctly spelled “frankincense” (which had been incorrectly spelled by the other finalist) and then correctly spelled “barometer.”

Runners up included 2nd place winner Naina Misra, a 6th grader from Bagdad Middle School in Bagdad; 3rd place winner Ananya Eeraveni, an 8th grader from Western Sky Middle School in Goodyear; 4th place winner Savannah Turley, a 7th grader from Faith North School in Phoenix; and 5th place winner Henry Calkins, a 5th grader from Madison #1 Middle School in Phoenix.

The Arizona Spelling Bee will be broadcast on Eight HD, Arizona PBS on April 3rd at 9:00 p.m..


Information regarding enrollment for the 2016 Spelling Bee will be posted in August of 2015.