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Arizona 13-year-old places 9th in Scripps National Spelling Bee

An Arizona 13-year-old has once again placed in the top 10 at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Aliyah Alpert, from Alpert Home School in Phoenix, tied for ninth in the 96th Scripps National Spelling Bee on Wednesday at the competition in National Harbor, Maryland.

The eighth-grader correctly spelled "cire perdue," "menudo" and "detritus," among other words, during the eight rounds she completed.

Alpert was also a top 10 finalist in the 2022 contest, where she finished ninth.

The other Arizona student in the bee, Isabelle Garcia, 13, from the Kyrene School District, tied for 149th place.

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

Senior digital editor Sky Schaudt joined KJZZ in 2015. Prior to working at KJZZ, Schaudt was a digital news editor at azcentral.com for nearly a decade.