The Maricopa County Region IV Spelling Bee took place on Friday, Feb. 19 and there were two Peoria Unified winners.
Braedyn Matthews, an eighth-grade student from Heritage Elementary School became the Region IV champion with the winning word, “extinguish.”
Christine Koenig, an eighth grade student from Foothills Elementary School secured third-place in the regional competition.
The spelling bee was streamed live and anyone unable to watch the event can view it on-demand on the district’s YouTube channel.
Matthews will advance to the state spelling bee in March. Finally, twenty-seven students from across the state will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. this summer.