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Gilbert Girl Scout spells her way to success

Cadette wins Arizona Spelling Bee and earns opportunity to compete in National Bee.

After 14 rounds of intense spelling competition at the Arizona Educational Foundation Spelling Bee, the finalists were whittled down to two competitors: Nila, a Cadette from Tnd Christopher, the returning champion from last year’s bee.

Nila and Christopher faced off in the final spell-off, which lasted six rounds. When Christopher misspelled the word “effraction,” Nila corrected his spelling, and spelled her word correctly: “salvific.” 

Her reward was $800, a dictionary, a Rosetta Stone language course and an all-expenses paid trip to Washing D.C. to compete in the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee.

May 28 marked the first day of the national competition, where Nila placed 47th out of 281. This is a huge feat, considering students from around the world compete to be in the bee. She was four points shy of making it to the semi-finals. The competition ends May 29.

Nila has quite the resume for a 12-year old seventh grader. In addition to being one of the top spellers in the nation, Nila has been a Girl Scout since she was a Brownie, is in the National Junior Honor Society, the drama club, the color guard and plays the French horn and viola.Her dedication, hard work and courage are exemplary of the values taught through Girl Scouting. Way to go Nila!

Fun facts about the Scripps National Spelling Bee…

  • 51 % of the spellers in the competition are girls
  • The spellers range in age from 8 to 15-yeras old, but more than 86% are between the ages of 12 and 14
  • Of the 281 spellers in the bee, 138 of them speak more than one language
  • Math is most frequently cited as the spellers' favorite subject