ARIZONA CITY — Twenty students from the Toltec School District from second through eighth grade showed off their spelling skills with hopes of being named the district’s top speller.
Sixth-grader Baltazar Issac Munoz from Arizona City Elementary took first in the district spelling bee by correctly spelling out the words salamanders and amino.
Munoz and Toltec Elementary School’s Andres Diaz went two rounds to determine the district winner.
Adrian Mendoza, also from Toltec Elementary, rounded out the top three and will also represent the district at the county spelling bee.
All three alternates are from Arizona City Elementary: Isabella Markley, Kayden Dinges and one of the youngest spellers, second-grader Ally Tofoya.
According to the Arizona Educational Foundation eligibility rules for the spelling bee, there is no minimum grade or age level at the state or national finals and a student is eligible to compete if they have not passed beyond eighth grade on or before Feb. 1 and have not turned 15 before Aug. 31.
Some of the words that eliminated the contestants were denied, abetted, colonists and multiplication.
The students will travel to Combs High School in San Tan Valley to compete in the Pinal County spelling bee on Feb. 14.