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Spelling Bee Winners

The Annual District Spelling Bee was held at the Peoria Unified School District’s Administration Center on Jan. 18 where top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers. The results from the event include one top speller and seven runners-up who will advance to the Regional Spelling Bee in February.


The winner of the Annual District Spelling Bee for the second consecutive year in a row is Annabelle Tran from Frontier Elementary School. Tran won in the 19th round with the word “asparagus.”


The seven runners-up include:

·        Adam Nhili from Apache Elementary School

·        Kenneth Armstrong from Desert Palms Elementary School

·        EJ Esmas from Oasis Elementary School

·        Jacob Simpson from Parkridge Elementary School

·        Leah Bucher from Santa Fe Elementary School

·        Abigail Harris from Sky View Elementary School

·        Natalie Maring from Zuni Hills Elementary School


These eight exceptional students will compete in the Regional Bee hosted by Glendale Elementary School District in February. The winners of the Regional Bee will move on to the state-level Arizona Spelling Bee in March followed by the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. the summer of 2019.


The winner will be recognized at an upcoming Governing Board Meeting. Those who were unable to attend the annual District Spelling Bee may watch the recorded event on the district website at


Peoria Unified School District is nestled in the Northwest Valley of Peoria, Arizona and is home to 42 stellar public schools that are unique and created to fit the needs of all students. Peoria Unified is the choice district for more than 37,000 students and 4,000 staff, serving as one of the largest employers in the West Valley and one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona. The district has signature programs spread out between 34 kindergarten through eighth-grade elementary schools and eight high schools that excel in academics, arts, athletics and Career and Technical Education programs. The Strategic Plan outlines a laser focus on four key areas: Student Success, Safety and Well-Being, Stewardship of Community Resources and Community Connection. Above all, Peoria Unified is committed to transparency, parent involvement and ensuring that “Every Student, Every Day is Prepared to Shape Tomorrow.” #PeoriaUnifiedPride