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2021 Arizona Spelling Bee Champion

Tanish Doshi

BASIS Oro Valley

Arizona Spelling Bee

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 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee occurred on March 20th, 2021 in a virtual format. Tanish Doshi of BASIS Oro Valley came away with a 1st place finish spelling "cadré" in the 25th round.

The 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee was made possible by the generous support of: Thunderbirds Charities


Arizona Spelling Bee News


Through partner support, AEF is able to offer reimbursement of Scripps Spelling Bee enrollment fees for the 2022-2023 spelling bee season. To qualify for reimbursement your school must be Title 1 with a minimum of 75% of students receiving free or reduced lunch.

Apply and read more about the eligibility guidelines here.


District Pronouncer Guide Released

On 11/4/21 the district pronouncer guide was sent to all district coordinators who have identified themselves to AEF. If you do not see it in your inbox, please check your spam. If it isn't there, please email matthew@azedfoundation.orgThis note is only for district spelling bee coordinators.

2022 Spelling Bee Registration

Scripps will be opening the 2022 Spelling Bee registration on August 20th, 2021. Please visit www.spellingbee.com on or after that time to register for the 2022 spelling bee. New schools should also visit Arizona Bee 101 to learn more about the Arizona Spelling Bee system.

2022 Arizona Spelling Bee Date

The 2022 Arizona Spelling Bee is scheduled for Saturday, March 19th, 2022 and will be held in person at the Madison Arts Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

Updated: 9/10/21


AZ Bee 101

AZ Bee 101 is the essential resource for all important bee information including rules and procedures.



Are you a bee coordinator at the school, district, or county level? Check out the new coordinator headquarters!

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State Bee

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

Watch the 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee