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13-year-old from Arizona takes 9th place at Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Aliyah Alpert competes in the preliminaries of the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

A 13-year-old from Arizona has once again made it into the top 10 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Aliyah Alpert of Alpert Home School in Phoenix placed ninth at the 96th Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland, on Wednesday.

In the eight rounds she completed, the eighth-grader correctly spelled the words “cire perdue,” “menudo,” and “detritus,” among others.

Aliyah Alpert

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Aliyah Alpert competes in the preliminaries of the 2024 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Alpert was also a top 10 finalist in the 2022 competition, where she placed ninth.

The other Arizona student who competed, 13-year-old Isabelle Garcia from the Kyrene School District, placed 149th.

“Watching the competition as a regional coordinator has been an inspiring experience,” Emily Ramirez-Lara of the Arizona Educational Foundation said in a news release Wednesday. “The dedication and skills of these young spellers, especially our own Aliyah and Isabelle, truly highlight the incredible talent in Arizona.”

Aliyah Alpert and Isabelle Garcia at the Arizona Spelling Bee

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Aliyah Alpert and Isabelle Garcia at the Arizona Spelling Bee in 2024.

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