Virginian Wins AARP National Spelling Bee for ‘Word Nerds’ Age 50+
Petrina and runner up
The Bee was held earlier today at the Little America Hotel in
“We’re thrilled that so many people from across the country came out for this year’s competition and we want to congratulate Michael for coming out ahead of the pack,” said AARP Wyoming Director
The AARP National Spelling Bee began with a 100-word written spelling test in the morning, narrowing the field to the top 16 spellers who advanced to the afternoon’s oral spelling rounds. Spellers were allowed to miss three words in the oral rounds before being knocked out of the competition.
The AARP National Spelling Bee was created in 1996 by a group of Cheyenne AARP members who wanted to challenge the 50+ community to keep their minds sharp as they age. It is open to anyone age 50 or older, except previous winners, and is supported by Merriam-Webster Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, Taco John’s Foundation, Franklin Electronic Publishers, the Cheyenne Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Wyoming Network, Inc., the Cheyenne Women’s Civic League, and the Laramie County Library System.
Registration for next year’s Bee scheduled for
“It’s great to see so many people dedicated to keeping their minds sharp and taking on the challenge of participating in the Bee,” Summers said. “We hope to see even more spellers compete in next year’s AARP National Spelling Bee.”
The top 10 finishers in this year’s AARP National Spelling Bee were (tied spellers are listed under the same number):
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NOTE: Broadcast and print quality audio, video and photographs of the winning moment are available on an ftp site. Quick view versions are posted too. Download the AARP Courtesy items at: ftp.seniorspellingbee.com user: aarp password: video.1 (if you cannot access files, call 307-640-3514).