The Annual District Spelling Bee was held at the Peoria Unified School District’s Administration Center on Jan. 19 where top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers. The results from the event include one top speller and seven runners-up who will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in February.
The winner of the Annual District Spelling Bee is Annabelle Tran from Frontier Elementary School. Tran won in the 23rd round with the word “reflex.”
The seven runners-up include:
- Kenneth Armstrong from Desert Palms Elementary School
- Jennifer Jablonski from Peoria Elementary School
- Rachel Kohm from Marshall Ranch Elementary School
- Katelyn McCort from Desert Harbor Elementary School
- Grant Parmenter from Apache Elementary School
- Tatite Yard from Desert Valley Elementary School
- Sean from Pioneer Elementary School (Student’s last name was not released per family’s request for privacy.)
These eight exceptional students will compete in the Regional Bee hosted by Glendale Elementary School District in February. The winners of the Regional Bee will move on to the state-level Arizona Spelling Bee in March followed by the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. the summer of 2018.
The winner will be recognized at an upcoming Governing Board Meeting. Those who were unable to attend the annual District Spelling Bee may watch the recorded event here.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.peoriaunified.org.