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Bridges Student Takes First Place at District Spelling Bee

spelling bee group photo

Spelling bee winners with governing board

"Platitude" was the winning word at Higley Unified School District's annual District Spelling Bee, which took place January 13th at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts.

Mohamadou Ba, a 6th-grade student at Bridges Elementary, took first place among 21 talented spellers. Mohamadou participated in the 2020 and 2021 spelling, also winning last year's district event.

He will now advance and represent the district at the Regional Spelling Bee, which will take place in February in Queen Creek. Students from across the state will compete in the regional competition to determine who will represent Arizona in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Ayden Thielsen, a 6th-grade student at Higley Traditional Academy, who was the runner-up, will also represent the district at the Regional Spelling Bee.

The District's Spelling Bee was made possible through the support and hard work of Higley Unified employees, including the event coordinator, Jodi Walker; moderator, Angela Walker; pronouncer, Dan Brehony, and judges Sherry Richards, Dr. Kris Treat, Dr. Sue Borzych, and Melanie Schneider.