The Arizona Educational Foundation has served as the sponsor of the Arizona Spelling Bee system since 2001. We host the annual Arizona Spelling Bee, a showdown pitting Arizona's top 27 spellers from across the state in a spectacle of spelling sport! The Arizona Spelling Bee Champion goes on to represent the State of Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Spelling Bees are a great American tradition. Bees help students improve oral and written literacy skills and build self-confidence. Each year, over 200,000 Arizona students participate in Bees that begin in classrooms, take over schools, advance to districts, and then on to regional and county qualifiers.

The Arizona Spelling Bee is made possible by the generous support of Thunderbirds Charities


Arizona Spelling Bee News

2022 Arizona Spelling Bee Champion – Aliyah Alpert – a 6th grader from Alpert Homeschool, has out-spelled 26 other competitors to win the 2022 Arizona Spelling Bee hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation on Saturday, March 19, 2022. Aliyah correctly spelled the word “foudroyant” in the 29th round to win the bee. Read More

The 2022 Arizona Spelling Bee was held on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 in person at the Madison Arts Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Read more about the 27 Arizona Spelling Bee State Finalists.


AZ Bee 101

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State Bee

Here you'll find everything you need to know about the state spelling bee competition.

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