- Preliminaries: Wednesday, May 31, 8am EDT. Streaming live on ESPN3.
- Finals: Thursday, June 1, 10am EDT. Live on ESPN2.
- Finals (continued): Thursday, June 1, 8:30pm EDT. Live on ESPN.
Each year, hundreds of students across Arizona practice for hours on end in hopes of winning their school and district or regional spelling bee so they can compete at the annual state spelling bee.
The students noted below are the 27 lucky students who will move forward to compete in the Arizona State Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 1:00pm at the Arizona PBS Studios.
Arizona’s representative at the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee finals, 7th grader Nicola Ferguson of Scottsdale, was one of 45 finalists in the final day of the competition. The 45 finalists were narrowed down from 285 spellers ranging in ages from six to fifteen years old.
This was Nicola’s first time competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Nicola is a 7th grader from Sunrise Middle School in Scottsdale. She represented Arizona in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Scottsdale, Ariz., May 26, 2016 — Arizona’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, 7th grader Nicola Ferguson of Scottsdale, incorrectly spelled ‘psyllium’ in the finals earlier this morning in Washington, D.C. Psyllium is a fleawort (or plantain).
Scottsdale, Ariz., May 18, 2016 — The Arizona Spelling Bee Champion, Nicola Ferguson, will represent Arizona in the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee May 24th – 26th.
Nicola is 13 years old and attends Sunrise Middle School in Scottsdale. This year was her first time competing in the state spelling bee where she out-spelled 26 other competitors, winning the bee with the word “recumbent.” Nicola and her parents will be traveling to the Scripps National Spelling Bee courtesy of the Arizona Educational Foundation.
The competition takes place May 24, 25, and 26 in the Maryland Ballroom at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland 11 miles outside of Washington D.C. Admission to the Bee is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
“Every year we see the brightest and best spellers from every corner of our state compete for the title of Arizona Spelling Bee Champion,” said Arizona Educational Foundation Executive Director Bobbie O’Boyle. “We wish Nicola the best and hope that she enjoys her experience as Arizona’s representative at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.”
For more details about Nicola and the results of the Arizona State Bee, please click here.
The Arizona Educational Foundation fosters excellence in education by administering statewide programs that enhance the capabilities of Arizona’s schools to strengthen the teaching profession, design high quality curricula, stimulate high student achievement, cultivate partnerships with schools and businesses, and celebrate the successes in K-12 public education in Arizona.