- 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.
Seventh grader Nicola Ferguson from Sunrise Middle School in Scottsdale (Maricopa Region 2) out-spelled 26 other competitors to win the 2016 AEF Arizona Spelling Bee on March 19 in Phoenix. Nicola correctly spelled the word “recumbent” in the 17th round to win the Bee.
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