Arizona sixth-grader ties for 9th place in Scripps National Spelling Bee

Jun 2, 2022, 8:00 PM
Aliyah Alpert, 11, from Prescott, Ariz., reacts as she competes during the Scripps National Spellin...

Aliyah Alpert, 11, from Prescott, Ariz., reacts as she competes during the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Wednesday, June 1, 2022, in Oxon Hill, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PHOENIX — An Arizona sixth-grader on Thursday tied for 9th place in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Aliyah Alpert, who is homeschooled in Prescott, misspelled the word “ajivika” in the opening round of the finals.

However, being the youngest of the finalists at age 11, she still has two years of eligibility to return to the competition.

Alpert in the semifinals on Wednesday spelled “ostmark” and “trevally” correctly and successfully completed the multiple-choice prompt for the meaning of the word “verklempt” to join 11 other spellers from across the country and world in the finals.

For her efforts, Alpert will be awarded $2,000 and a commemorative medal from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

The annual competition in Washington, D.C. started Tuesday with 234 participants.

Alpert advanced to the big stage after outlasting 26 other students in the March 19 competition in Phoenix, winning in the 29th round after spelling the word “foudroyant” correctly.

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Arizona sixth-grader ties for 9th place in Scripps National Spelling Bee