Home-schooled 4th grader Aliyah Alpert emerged as champion on the 166th word in the 14th round during the 74th annual Yavapai County Spelling Bee, Friday, February 21st, in the Phillip England auditorium at Camp Verde Middle School.
“Miss Alpert, an extremely composed, articulate, confident and poised young lady, was also the 2019 Spelling Bee Winner, when she was a third grader. We know Aliyah will do extremely well when she represents all of Yavapai County at the Arizona State Spelling Bee in the studios of KAET-TV at Arizona State University in March, “observed Tim Carter, Yavapai County Superintendent of Schools, who served as moderator for the competition.
The State winner goes to nationals in Washington, D.C. later in the spring.
Alpert battled through the last few rounds with runner up Aiden Rose, an 8th grader from Oak Creek School.
Two other outstanding spellers finished third and fourth respectively. They were 7th grader Adam LoBaido of Prescott Basis School; and Rebecca Bond, an 8th grader from Prescott Homeschoolers. “Congratulations to all. Yavapai County is proud of the efforts these young spellers put forward.” said Carter. He explained that winners receive engraved plaques and checks totaling $750 that ranged from $300 to $100, based on place in the bee. All students received medals for competing.
Thirty-two spellers had qualified earlier for the county competition by winning their local school-based bee. The county bee is effectively a “Tournament of Champions,” with students coming from school districts, charter schools, private schools, and from the home school community.
“As a whole, spellers did an honorable job and their schools and families should be proud of them,” Carter said.
The Prescott Sunrise Lions Club provided significant financial support for the Yavapai County Spelling Bee. The Prescott Sunrise Lions Club has a long history of supporting educational events in the local communities they serve. They live their motto of “We Serve” every single day.
“We greatly appreciate the club’s ongoing commitment to our young people and their education,” Carter said. He also thanked Jenn Nelson, spelling bee coordinator, Yavapai College education professor Tara O’Neil, who served as “pronouncer”; and three veteran judges: Ray Newton, professor emeritus, Northern Arizona University; Kellie Burns, the district executive officer of the Yavapai Accommodation School District; and Karen Otis, community involvement coordinator, Drake Cement.
The Yavapai County Education Service Agency (YCESA) sponsored the County Spelling Bee in conjunction with Scripps National Spelling Bee and our community sponsor. The Yavapai County Spelling Bee is the oldest in Arizona.