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Prescott student wins AZ Spelling Bee

Aliyah Alpert 2020 photo
Photo by Bill Helm
Bill Helm/The Verde Valley Independent
Aliyah Alpert competes in the 2020 Yavapai County Spelling Bee in Camp Verde.

An 11-year-old from Prescott is this year’s Arizona Spelling Bee Champion. Aliyah Alpert went 29 rounds against 26 competitors to win last Saturday’s Bee in Phoenix.

Competitors were age eight through eighth grade.

This was Alpert’s fourth straight year representing Yavapai County, and her third year competing at the state level. The 2020 state spelling bee was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alpert’s winning word was “foudroyant” (foo-DROY-aunt). She will represent Arizona at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Memorial Day weekend.