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Prescott’s Aliyah Alpert’s Run In The National Spelling Bee Finals In Washington, DC Ends Quick

picture courtesy of SpellingBee.com
picture courtesy of SpellingBee.com

Prescott’s Aliyah Alpert’s run in the Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee is over. She misspelled “ajivika” in the first round of the finals Thursday in Washington, DC. An “ajivika” is a member of a nontheistic religious sect founded by a contemporary of the Buddha. The 11-year-old was one of 13 spellers that advanced to the finals. Aliya spelled the word, “ajivaka.” She made it through two days of over 200 spellers to get to the final round. Before leaving the stage, head judge Mary Brooks wished her well and told the audience about a funny thing about Aliya. Alpert was asked who here favorite cartoon character was and she said “Wily E. Coyote.” Brooks asked her why and Aliya said, “though I frown upon his apparent life goals, his persistence is admirable.” Aliya was one of the youngest competitors in this year’s Bee and is the Arizona state spelling champion. She finished tied for ninth place.