Lexie Nordhoff won the Maricopa Unified School District Spelling Bee Tuesday. Photo by Michelle Chance

The correct spelling of “lilac” won a Maricopa Wells Middle School student the district spelling bee Tuesday night.

Eighth-grader Lexie Nordhoff took first place after 11 rounds in the Maricopa Unified School District bee Jan. 23 at the district administration building.

Pima Butte Elementary School fifth-grader Wyatt Clark took second place, and Ramsey Henny, a seventh-grade student from Desert Wind Middle School, placed third.

Nordhoff, Clark and Henny will represent MUSD at the Pinal County Spelling Bee in Casa Grande on Feb. 16.

Hassan Okou, fourth grader at Butterfield Elementary; Milagros Urquilla, fifth grader at PBE; and Joseph Russoniello, eighth grader at MWMS, placed in the top six and are alternates for the county bee.

A joint statement from bee organizers Diane Vigil, Karen Viera, Janet Stensgard and Valerie Wyant said:

“A special thank you goes out to Boardmember Mrs. Torri Anderson for acting as the District Spelling Bee Announcer and also to our three judges: Mr. Jim Irving, Mr. David Warren and Mrs. Christine Dickinson. Please congratulate these students if you see them. We are so proud of all of them.”

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