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Practice Makes Perfect…District Spelling Bee 2018

Post Date:01/26/2018


It’s Wednesday, January 24. You could feel the tension in the room...hearts were thumping...palms were sweating...parents were feeling nervous as their children anxiously awaited their turn at the microphone. One-by-one, the sound of the bell meant another contestant was out of contention. Tears often flowed and hugs greeted them as students had to take a seat in the audience. Round after round, the pool of participants became smaller as the words became more difficult. It came down to the final contestant. The word that needed to be spelled correctly was “harfang.” The pressure was on. If he spelled his word correctly, he would become the winner. He took a breath and spelled out "H-A-R-F-A-N-G, harfang." 

Congratulations to Aviel (Avi) Martinez Mason, eighth-grader from Gililland Middle School, champion of the 2018 Tempe Elementary School District Spelling Bee! This is Avi’s second year in a row as the District Spelling Bee champion!

The winner and runners-up for the District Spelling Bee are: 


  • Aviel Martinez Mason – Eighth-Grade – Gililland Middle School


  • Tristan Bowser – Fifth-Grade –  Curry Elementary

  • Grace Graham – Fifth-Grade – Scales Technology Academy

  • Isabel Matos – Sixth-Grade – Ward Traditional Academy

  • Kylan K. Clauschee – Fifth-Grade – Wood Elementary

All five spellers will advance to the 2018 Maricopa County Region 1 Regional Spelling Bee which will be hosted by the Mesa Public School District. The bee will be held at Franklin at Brimhall Elementary School Auditorium, 4949 E Southern Ave Mesa, AZ 85206 on Saturday, February 24 beginning at 9 a.m. Congratulations to all our amazing spellers!

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