Marietta Tiberti Memorial Spelling Bee

Since 1989, the Marietta Tiberti Spelling Bee has been held at Bishop Gorman High School to honor Mrs. Marietta Tiberti who passed away on February 14, 1987. Mrs. Tiberti was the mother of six children, all of whom attended Catholic schools (St. Joseph, St. Anne and Bishop Gorman). She was a firm believer in Catholic education and the power of reading and writing. The event was established in her honor by her son, Tito Tiberti, with the goal of encouraging students to improve their spelling and vocabulary, as well as to foster the proper use of the English language.

The competition, which brings Catholic grade-school students together from all over the Las Vegas valley, has evolved into one of the most exciting and prestigious contests during the school year. Each of the six Catholic grade schools sends two finalists and an alternate from the 5th to 8th grades to compete in a traditional spelling bee. The overall winner receives a one-year scholarship, sponsored by the Tito & Sandra Tiberti Foundation, to attend Bishop Gorman High School during their freshman year. In addition to the scholarship, the winner is presented with a championship trophy and a “Revolving Trophy” which is displayed throughout the academic year at their school.
Throughout the years, the Marietta Tiberti Memorial Spelling Bee has proven an excellent opportunity for hard-working, dedicated students to be rewarded for their commitment to their education. The tradition and legacy associated with Mrs. Tiberti lives on through this very special event.

Word List

Spell It! is the Scripps National Spelling Bee study site for school spelling bees and champions created in cooperation with Merriam-Webster. Spell It! focuses on about 1150 words, divided into sections by language of origin. Also, the site includes a “Words You Need to Know” page, which should also be studied by students planning on competing in the Marietta Tiberti Memorial All Catholic Schools Spelling Bee

In studying for the Marietta Tiberti Memorial All Catholic Schools Spelling Bee, please note that the “Study Words” and “Challenge Words” categories that appear on the Spell It! web site do not correlate with the rounds in which the words will appear in the Tiberti Spelling Bee.

Please visit the Spell It! website at

Bishop Gorman High School

5959 S. Hualapai Way
Las Vegas, NV 89148
Phone: 702-732-1945
Fax: 702-732-8830