Coyote Hills Elementary School

Ethan Greenwood from Coyote Hills Elementary School in Peoria won the district spelling bee in the 12th round with the word “quinary.”

The Peoria Unified School District held its annual spelling bee on Jan. 27, when top spellers from across the district competed in front of their peers.

The winner of this year’s bee is Ethan Greenwood from Coyote Hills Elementary School. Greenwood won in the 12th round with the word “quinary.”  

The seven runners-up include: 

• Archer Hill from Apache Elementary School of Peoria.

• Jackson McLean from Lake Pleasant Elementary School of Peoria.

• Brian Fielder from Sun Valley Elementary School of Peoria.

• Aidan Clark from Desert Harbor Elementary School of Peoria.

• Vinh Le from Parkridge Elementary School of Peoria.

• Gerald Sanchez from Oakwood Elementary School of Peoria.

• Julia Bergner from Heritage Elementary School of Glendale.

These eight students will compete in the Maricopa County Region IV Spelling Bee in February. The winners of the Regional Bee will move on to the state-level Arizona Spelling Bee in March, followed by the Scripps National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C., in the summer.

Those who were unable to attend the annual district spelling bee may watch the recorded event on the district’s YouTube channel at