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District Hosts Annual Spelling Bee


Submitted by Karen Gadinski, Dennis Koch and Diane Vigil – Spelling Bee Coordinators

 (Maricopa) On the evening of Tuesday January 12th, the District held the annual District Spelling Bee at the District Administration Building.  The contest was very well-attended and our outstanding spellers went a total of 10 exciting rounds.  The following students are the District's winners and the potential alternates that will represent the Maricopa Unified School District at the Pinal County Spelling Bee to be held in Casa Grande onFebruary 19th


1st Place - Ariana Vaida - 7th grade – Maricopa Wells Middle School (Pictured below) 

2nd Place - Joey Russoniello - 6th grade - Santa Rosa Elementary School (Pictured below)

3rd Place - Tyrel Packard - 7th grade - Maricopa Wells Middle School


Odessa Galvan Fuentes - 8th grade - Desert Wind Middle School

Romael Canlas - 5th grade - Pima Butte Elementary School

Emily Peters - 4th grade - Maricopa Elementary School


A special thank you goes out to Board Member Mrs. Torri Anderson, for acting as the District Spelling Bee Announcer and also to our 3 judges; Mr. Jim Irving, Mrs. Heidi Vratil and Mrs. Jane Tifft. Please congratulate these students if you see them.  We are so proud of all of them.  For more information about the Maricopa Unified School District please visit our website at


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