Tucson fourth grader to compete in AZ spelling bee

Michael Chen (Source: Amphitheater Public School District)
Michael Chen (Source: Amphitheater Public School District)

By Megan Canterbury / Tucson News Now Intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A fourth grade student from Copper Creek Elementary School will compete in the Arizona Spelling Bee to be held next month.

Michael Chen is one of two students who will represent Pima County at the Arizona Spelling Bee. Chen will be joined by 13-year-old Christopher O'Connor from St. Cyril School.

According to a news release, Michael's mother said that he is an avid reader and that his interest in reading is what makes him a good speller.  Michael was runner up among 41 other students who competed in the Pima County Spelling Bee on Feb. 16.

The State Bee will be held on March 23 at 1 p.m. at ASU Downtown. The top 27 spellers in the state will compete for an all expenses paid trip to Washington D.C. for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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