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Tanish Doshi of BASIS Oro Valley Wins the 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee


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  • Matthew Feller   |   Arizona Educational Foundation

Tanish Doshi Of Basis Oro Valley

Tanish Doshi, an 8th grader from BASIS Oro Valley in Pima County has out-spelled 26 other competitors to win the 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee hosted by the Arizona Educational Foundation on Saturday, March 20, 2021. Tanish correctly spelled the word “cadre” in the 25th round to win the bee.

Tanish enjoys biking and hiking the many trails around Tucson, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and he can almost always be found with a book. His favorite subject in school is history although he also likes physics.

In second place was Ananya Goli, a 5th grader at BASIS Phoenix Central, and in third place we had Esha Marupudi, a 3rd grader from BASIS Chandler Primary South Campus.

This year’s Arizona Spelling Bee was held in a virtual format to accommodate for CMatthew FellerOVID-19 restrictions. Spellers competed against each other from 25 different school locations across the state. “This year’s bee was uniquely challenging, and our 27 spellers did an exceptional job adapting and rising to the occasion,” says Matthew Feller, Arizona Spelling Bee Director, “I’m very proud of all of them.”

The 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee was made possible by a generous grant from Thunderbirds Charities. “We are excited to support AEF’s Arizona State Spelling Bee,” said Tim Woods, Thunderbirds Charities President. “The goal of this program is to improve students verbal and written literacy skills and build self-confidence. We are proud to be part of this ongoing tradition in the State of Arizona.”

Tanish will now represent the State of Arizona in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. This year, the Scripps National Spelling Bee will occur in an online format for all preliminary rounds, culminating in a top 10 who will be invited by Scripps to attend the National Finals in-person at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Florida.

The final rounds of the virtual 2021 Arizona Spelling Bee were recorded and will be posted to the Arizona Educational Foundation YouTube Channel on Friday, March 26th at 10:00AM.

This is the 23rd year the Arizona Educational Foundation has sponsored the Arizona Spelling Bee.