WHAT: For the seventh year, California high school students will compete in a Spanish language spelling bee, organized by Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Modern Languages and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, in partnership with The American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese of Southern California.

For the second year, K-5th-grade students at Victor F. Hodge Elementary in Azusa will also participate in a Spanish spelling bee at APU for family and friends.


Comprised of both native Spanish speakers and those enrolled in Spanish courses, students from the following high schools will participate:

Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy

Ánimo Watts Charter High School

California Virtual Academies

California School of the Arts San Gabriel Valley

Canyon Springs High School

Glen A. Wilson High School

Heritage High School

Hesperia High School

John Burroughs High School

La Canada High School

Los Altos High School

Marshall Fundamental

Ontario High School

Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo Charter High School

Perris High School

Pomona Catholic High School

Saint Lucy's Priory High School

San Gabriel High School

Santa Fe High School

St. Anthony High School

Technology Prep Academy

Valley View High School

Villa Park High School


Sat., April 13, registration from 9:15-9:45 a.m., event begins at 10:00 a.m.


Wilden Lecture Hall

Azusa Pacific University East Campus

901 East Alosta Ave. in Azusa


Thirty million people in the United States speak Spanish. The U.S. has the second largest population in the world of Spanish speakers (after Mexico). With this spelling bee, Azusa Pacific University celebrates the Spanish language and culture and encourages high school students who speak Spanish to further their study of the language.

CONTACT: Marcela Rojas, associate professor, Department of Modern Languages, mrojas@apu.edu or (626) 791-5632.