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Arizona’s Aliyah Rachel Alpert Takes 9th Place in the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee

Phoenix, Ariz., June 2, 2022 — Aliyah Rachel Alpert, 11, a 6th grader from Alpert Homeschool, advanced as one of the 13 finalists, and has now out-spelled 223 other national competitors to place 9th in the 94th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Alpert, the youngest finalist to compete this year, advanced to the eighth round of the Scripps National Bee successfully spelling words including, “trevally”, “dyspathy”, and “ostmark”. In addition, the second round of each segment of competition included a word meaning round, which required the speller to orally select the correct multiple choice answer to a vocabulary question read by the pronouncer. View the Scripps National Spelling Bee speller summary.

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

For participation in the Bee, the national finalists receive a number of awards and prizes based on their advancement stages from the Bee and their prize sponsors including the following:


From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

· a $50,000 cash prize

· a commemorative medal

· the Scripps Cup, the official championship trophy of the Scripps National Spelling Bee

From Merriam-Webster

· a $2,500 cash prize and reference library

From Encyclopedia Britannica

· $400 of reference works, including a 1768 Encyclopedia Britannica© Replica Set and a three-year membership to Britannica Online© Premium


From the Scripps National Spelling Bee

· A commemorative medal

· Miss in first Round of the Finals through to 7th place - $2,000, 6th place - $2,500, 5th place - $5,000, 4th place - $10,000, 3rd place - $15,000, 2nd place - $25,000

*View for full breakdown of prize calculations.

Aliyah Rachel Alpert, Arizona Spelling Bee, Photo Courtesy of Terri Bradford, AEF®

Earlier this year at the Arizona Spelling Bee, hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF®) and sponsord by Thunderbirds Charities, Alpert correctly spelled the word “foudroyant” in the 29th round to win the state bee. Since 2001 AEF® sends the student who wins the Arizona State Spelling Bee each year on to represent Arizona as the official State Champion in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Arizona is one of the three largest spelling bee states in terms of participation with over 200,000 students throughout Arizona competing each year. Students typically begin their spelling bee journey in individual classrooms, then advance to grade level and schoolwide bees, followed by district runoffs, and a final county qualifier before advancing to the Arizona State bee.

“The Arizona Educational Foundation is thrilled to be affiliated with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Spelling Bees provide academic benefit as well as opportunities for students to develop critical life skills,” stated Kim Graham, AEF Executive Director. “We are thrilled for Aliyah and her family.”

This year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee finals aired live from Washington, D.C. on Thursday, June 2, at 8/7c., and was televised on ION and Bounce. The finals will re-broadcast on June 3 and June 5 on Newsy. Visit for instructions on how to access Bee recordings.

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

Scripps National Spelling Bee Arizona Educational Foundation Press Release
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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

Mobile: 720-468-3996 | Email:


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