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.
Earlier this year at the Arizona Spelling Bee, hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF®) and sponsored 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.”