2019 Pima County Spelling Bee

The best and brightest spellers from Southern Arizona competed in the Pima County Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 16, 2019. We had 38 superstar students from district, private, charter and home schools take the stage looking to advance to the state spelling bee.

After two-plus hours of spelling, Sai Konkimalla from BASIS Oro Valley narrowly edged out Trevlyn Brimhall (Vail School District) with the winning word of "Parsec.” Our alternate and 3rd place finisher was Benjamin McCarthy representing Amphitheater Public Schools! Congratulations to all of our spellers!

CLICK HERE to view the 2019 Spelling Bee Program

Thank you to our sponsors Tuller Trophy & Awards and Fourth Ave Merchants Association.Thank you to our judges Nathan Bacal, Josh Fields, and Lupita Chavez. Thank you to our wonderful pronouncer Karen Greene. Lastly, thank you to Canyon del Oro High School for hosting this great event.


For a complete list of rules and other helpful information visit: http://azedfoundation.org/programs/arizona-spelling-bee/

If you have further question please contact Andrew Bevington at andrew.bevington@schools.pima.gov or 520.724.8213


In order to participate in the 2019 Arizona Spelling Bee, students must attend a school that is enrolled with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Enrollment dates and details are noted and linked below.

April 23, 2018 through August 21, 2018: Scripps Pre-Enrollment
- School Fee: $160
- Homeschool enrollment fee: $110

August 22, 2018 through October 15, 2018: Scripps Early Bird Enrollment
- School Fee: $160
- Homeschool enrollment fee: $110

October 16, 2018 through January 30, 2019: Scripps Regular Enrollment
- School Fee: $235
- Homeschool enrollment fee: $185

The 2019 Arizona Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, March 23 2019 at Arizona PBS, 500 N. Central Ave., 6th Floor, Phoenix, AZ 85004.  The competition begins at 1:00 p.m.  The winner will go on to represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in the spring.