Crane stu­dent takes 3rd at state spell­ing con­test

Zar­rin Askari won Yuma bee in Fe­bru­ary


Yuma County’s Zar­rin Askari took third place in the Ari­zona State Spell­ing Bee on Satur­day in Phoenix.

Askari, who won the Yuma con­test sev­eral weeks ago, is an eighth­grader at Crane Mid­dle School. Askari was sup­ported in the au­di­ence by her par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers and her English teacher, Mar­jorie McCarthy.

McCarthy, who teaches read­ing at Crane and is the or­ga­nizer of the school’s spell­ing bee, said that Askari’s fi­nal word was “in­ger­ence,” which means “in­ter­fer­ence, in­tru­sion.”

The two finalists did five more words, McCarthy said, with Phoenix-area sev­enth-grader Mar­cus Giorza win­ning on the word “an­thophilous.” The word is a zoo­log­i­cal term mean­ing “(of in­sects or other an­i­mals) fre­quent­ing flow­ers.”

Askari was awarded a tro­phy and an Ama­zon gift card from the Ari­zona Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion, which con­ducts the bee. She was among 27 stu­dents statewide vy­ing for the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete in the Scripps Na­tional Spell­ing Bee in Washington, D.C., from May 27 to June 2.

All 27 par­tic­i­pants were awarded a copy of The New Dic­tio­nary of Cul­tural Lit­er­acy, cour­tesy of Har­ri­son Mid­dle­ton Univer­sity.

“The Spell­ing Bee is one of the most high­lyan­tic­i­pated pro­grams we spon­sor,” said Ari­zona Ed­u­ca­tional Foun­da­tion Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bob­bie O’Boyle. “It’s an op­por­tu­nity to show­case these stu­dents’ re­mark­able tal­ents and to cel­e­brate their aca­demic achieve­ments.”

The event was taped and will be broad­cast on AZPBS at 1 p.m. April 8.


YUMA COUNTY SPELL­ING BEE win­ner Zar­rin Askari took third place at the Ari­zona State Spell­ing Bee on Satur­day in Phoenix. Askari is an eighth-grader at Crane Mid­dle School.

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