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March 15, 2013

STAWAR: Spelling from ‘A’ to ‘bee’


Our granddaughter Tori survived the brutal second round and finished up in seventh place with another year to compete. Emily Keaton is on to future successes and all eyes are now on her younger brother to see if he has his sister’s spelling magic. 

There are also spelling bees for people over the age of 50. One of these is the AARP National Spelling Bee that was established in 1996 by AARP members in Cheyenne, Wyo. Organizers’ goal was to create a fun way to compete with each other, while keeping their minds sharp. 

This spelling bee is held annually in Cheyenne and you can find details on how to enter at the website. You can even win $1,000 if you take first place, but you will have to beat 67-year-old attorney Michael Petrina Jr., who has won twice — last time spelling the word “Rhizoctonia.” I’d consider entering myself, but I’d probably get the word “curriculum.”


— Terry L. Stawar, Ed.D., lives in Georgetown and is the CEO of LifeSpring the local community mental health center in Jeffersonville. He can be reached at Checkout his Welcome to Planet-Terry blog and podcast at

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