Arianna Wood, 6th grade student, became the Marana Unified School District’s spelling bee champion in the 14th round. After a spell off between the final two spellers, the Ironwood Elementary School student correctly spelled the final word “argentine” after respelling the word “geisha” which was spelled incorrectly by her opponent.
The District Spelling Bee was held on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at 10:15 am in the auditorium at Marana High School, 12000 W. Emigh Road, Tucson 85743.
Over 5,500 Marana Unified School District students, representing twelve elementary schools and two middle schools, competed in classroom and school spelling bees over the past two months in order to be one of the 30 spellers competing at the Marana district Bee.
Arianna Wood will be joined by the next three top contestants, and alternate, at the Pima County Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind, Berger Center for the Performing Arts, 1200 W. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, AZ.