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Madison No. 1 Middle School student to compete in National Spelling Bee

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Marcus Giorza’s Love Of Words Will Come Into Play When The Madison No. 1 Middle School Seventh-grader Competes With 400-500 Spellers From Across The United States In The Scripps National Spelling Bee On May 27– June 1. Photo Courtesy Madison Elementary School District

Marcus Giorza’s love of words will come into play when the Madison No. 1 Middle School seventh-grader competes with 400-500 spellers from across the United States in the Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 27– June 1.

After coming out on top in the recent 2018 Arizona Spelling Bee by correctly spelling “anthophilous,” Marcus received two all-expense paid trips to Washington, D.C. to compete in nationals, paid for by the Arizona Educational Foundation.

“I’ve always been interested in words and played a lot of educational word games when I was young,” Marcus said. “I don’t do intensive study sessions, I’m pretty casual about preparation. It helps that I have studied many different languages and understand the rules of word construction instead of just memorizing words.”

Marcus is part of the Rigorous, Enriched, Accelerated Curriculum for Highly Gifted (REACH) Program at Madison No. 1 Middle School. The program provides highly-gifted students the opportunity to function at an academic level that is commensurate with their abilities, while having the opportunity to interact socially with students who have similar interests and academic needs.

His father, Todd Giorza, said he’s looking forward to watching Marcus compete at the national level. It’s a good opportunity to combine the competition with a family vacation in Washington, D.C.

“It’s pretty exciting to compete at a national level, whether you win or lose,” Todd said. “It’s something that will stand out when he applies to colleges.”

On the same day Marcus won the Arizona Spelling Bee, he also qualified for the Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition, May 12-15 which will also be held in Washington D.C.

Marcus said he’s looking forward to exploring D.C. and his advice to other students is to just enjoy learning.

“I didn’t treat it like a chore,” Marcus said. “It’s just been an enjoyable thing and that made it easier. It also helps to know words from different languages and the definition of the word you are trying to spell.”

Their family credits much of their academic success to the Madison Elementary School District where both Marcus and his older brother have attended classes since elementary school.

“Both Marcus and our older son, Will, got a great education at Madison schools,” added Todd. “They both started at Madison Simis and then moved into the REACH program. Many of our neighbors choose charter or private schools, but we’ve been glad that Madison offers a range of programs that have allowed our kids to get a great public school education where they’ve thrived.”

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About Madison Elementary School District
For more than 125 years, Madison Elementary School District (Madison Schools) has been one of the top elementary school districts in the state with its eight schools consistently earning high honors. Founded in 1890, Madison Schools serves approximately 5,800 students in the heart of Phoenix from 32nd Street to 7th Avenue and between Indian School and Northern. Five of its schools are in the top 10 Phoenix public elementary schools through AzMerit scores and nearly 50 percent of its students come from outside the District. This means nearly 2,800 families choose a Madison Schools education over their neighborhood school. The district has been recognized locally and nationally for its outstanding “signature” educational programs including the International Baccalaureate program, Spanish Immersion, REACH program, Visual and Performing Arts, Traditional curriculum, and Spanish Fluency, For additional information about Madison Schools, please visit