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Champion Speller Claims T-I-T-L-E in 2023-24 Kyrene District Spelling Bee

Posted January 2024


Top spellers from across Kyrene competed at the Kyrene School District Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 18, 2024, at Kyrene Altadeña Middle School. Congratulations to District Champion Isabelle Garcia, a 7th grade student at Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School. After six roller-coaster rounds and 105 words, Garcia correctly spelled the championship word vengeance to clinch the title.

Top 4 Kyrene spellers

In the sixth and final round, Garcia spelled; affiliate correctly, followed by the anticipated championship word. This year, there was a three-way tie for 2nd place among students from three Kyrene elementary schools. All four students will advance to the Maricopa County Regional Bee in February. Kyrene’s top four outstanding spellers who will compete next month are:

  • Isabelle Garcia (grade 7), Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School
  • Shaye Cormican (grade 4), Kyrene de los Cerritos Leadership Academy
  • Pepper DiGrazia (grade 5), Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School
  • Hamza Muhammud (grade 5), Kyrene de las Brisas Elementary School

A total of 25 Kyrene spellers competed in the Bee after winning their individual school spelling bees and tackled words such as elocution, whereas, and yore, to name a few. Kyrene congratulates all 25 spellers who participated and wishes the students advancing to the regional bee G-O-O-D L-U-C-K!


The Maricopa County Regional Bee will take place on February 17, 2024 at Franklin Accelerated Academy/Brimhall in Mesa, Arizona. The top two spellers from the regional bee will continue to the Arizona State Spelling Bee where they will compete for a spot at the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee.