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Arizona’s Aliyah Rachel Alpert Advances to the Finals Round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

Phoenix, Ariz., June 1, 2022 — Aliyah Rachel Alpert, 11, a 6th grader from Alpert Homeschool, has out-spelled 222 other national competitors to advance as one of the 12 finalists in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Alpert advanced through 7 rounds of the Scripps National Bee successfully spelling words including, “nuciform”, “dyspathy”, and “croupous”. View the Scripps National Spelling Bee speller summary for more details.

Aliyah Rachel Alpert spelling at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Photo Courtesy of Scripps National Spelling Bee

Earlier this year at the Arizona Spelling Bee, hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF®), Alpert correctly spelled the word “foudroyant” in the 29th round to win the state bee. Each year, AEF sends the student who wins the Arizona State Spelling Bee to represent Arizona as the official State Champion in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Aliyah Rachel Alpert, Arizona Spelling Bee with Dr. Teresa Hill, Photo Courtesy of Terri Bradford, AEF®

“It’s thrilling and inspiring to see the dedication and determination of these students,” stated Dr. Teresa Hill, the coordinator of the Arizona state Spelling Bee. “Being a champion speller takes thousands of hours of hard work, and it’s exciting to see all of the students showcasing their talents at the bee.”

This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals will air live from Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 2, at 8/7c., and will be televised on ION and Bounce. They will also be simulcast on Laff and TrueReal. The finals will re-broadcast on June 3 and June 5 on Newsy. Visit for instructions on how to watch the Bee in a specific area.

For more details about the AEF® Arizona Spelling Bee program, please visit or more information about the Arizona State Spelling Bee or winner information, contact Dr. Teresa Hill, State Bee Coordinator, at or (520) 591-0972.

AEF Arizona Spelling Bee Winner Advances to FInalist Press Release 2022
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About Arizona Educational Foundation:

The mission of AEF is to celebrate excellence and cultivate equity in Pre-K-12th grade Arizona public education. This is accomplished through a variety of programs for teachers, administrators, and students. Some programs shine a spotlight on excellence; others provide a stepping stone to help support schools and educators on the road to awesomeness. In addition to the Arizona Teacher of the Year program, AEF also coordinates the Arizona State Spelling Bee, the A+ School of Excellence Award, the Principals Leadership Academy of Arizona, teachSTEM, Take Your Legislator to School, and Our World. AEF was founded in 1983 by then State Superintendent of Public Education, Carolyn Warner, who felt a nonprofit needed to be established to champion public education and recognize the great work of public school educators. AEF annually reaches over 500,000 students, teachers and administrators throughout Arizona. For more information, visit or contact

Media Contact:

Terri Bradford

Director of Communications & Digital Strategy, Arizona Educational Foundation

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