Nicola Ferguson, a student at Sunrise Middle School, was crowned queen of the 2016 Arizona Educational Foundation (AEF) Arizona State Spelling Bee on March 19th.
Nicola out-spelled 26 other contestants, and in the 17th round, she spelled recumbent correctly to take the crown
“It felt amazing, and I am really excited about going to Nationals,” said Nicola. To celebrate her win, Nicola had pizza and ice cream.
As the state winner, Nicola will receive an all-expense paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., $800 cash and a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary. Nicola will represent Arizona in the 89th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee that will be held May 25th-26th in Washington, D.C.
To prepare for Nationals, Nicola will look at the list that she was given earlier and look at some of the resources on the Scripps National Spelling Bee website. “I’m also going to read more complex books to get more exposure to more difficult words,” she said.
The AEF hosts the annual Arizona State Spelling Bee. Each year 27 students from across the state compete to determine who will represent Arizona at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.