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Enjoy this CBS "Assignment America" feature on Bill Long, a frequent competitor in the AARP Bee, and a strong one--just as long as the words aren't culinary terms!
Register now for the 2013 AARP National Spelling Bee. The Bee is Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13, in Cheyenne, Wyo.
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The AARP National Spelling Bee was created in 1996 by a group of AARP members in Cheyenne, Wyo., who wanted a fun way to challenge their peers to keep their minds sharp as they age. The competition has been held every year since, and always in Cheyenne. A group of dedicated volunteers select the words, write the sentences, organize and promote the event. Spellers travel from across America to showcase a lifetime of knowledge and to celebrate their years of experience.
By Don Willmott
Which words stumped the contestants? Who made it through to the next round? Keep up with the AARP Spelling Bee by Twittering. Don't know how? This article will help you learn. Read
Results from the 2012 AARP National Spelling Bee
All 48 spellers took a 100-word written spelling test in the morning with 16 spellers achieving a score of 82 or better to advance to the afternoon oral spelling rounds, which lasted for 47 rounds. In all, 294 words were used during competition August 11, 2012.
Here is the list of finalists in order of how they placed. “T” indicates a tie.
1. Michael Petrina, Jr., 67, from Arlington, Virginia
2. Larry Grossman, 60, from Northwood, North Dakota
3. Tony Johnson, 59, from LaGrange, Georgia
4. Robert Moy, 55, from New York City, New York
5. James Sherry, 70, from Troy, Alabama
T6. Mary Ann Fenske, 64, from Wichita, Kansas
T6. David Millard, 61, from Austin, Texas
T6. Phyllis Werness, 65, from Minneapolis, Minnesota
T7. Valerie Meyers, 58, from Mission, Kansas
T7. Kim Worrell, 62, from Rainier, Oregon
T8. Jim Allen, 50, from Cheyenne, Wyoming
T8. Catherine Bergin, 51, from Pueblo, Colorado
T8. Roxana Bradley, 53, from Albuquerque, New Mexico
T8. Kate Karp, 64, from Long Beach, California
T8. Ron Lewis, 64, from Missouri City, Texas
T8. Joan Risley, 67, from Scottsdale, Arizona
With the audience biting their nails, Michael Petrina Jr. of Arlington, Va., and Scott Firebaugh of Knoxville, Tenn., battled dramatically before one of them finally missed a word in the 46th round. See the winning moment. Watch
Larry Grossman's high-school math students helped him study for and win the 2008 Bee. If Grossman missed a word, he bought the student a can of pop. He learned quickly. See photo highlights and a list of all finalists. Watch
1. Susan Hartner, 62, Hillsboro, Oregon (winning word: bharal)
2. Randy Hilfman, 56, Woodinville, Wash. (vizsla)
3. Michael Petrina Jr., 62, Arlington, Va. (towhee)
4. Marlene Harry, Brownsburg, Ind. (gluhwein)
5. Rodney Murray, 53, Middletown, Del. (arrhythmia)
6. Joe Dickmann, 63, Richmond Heights, Mo. (zoisite)
7. Steve Dornseif, 58, Fort Collins, Colo. (paresthesia)
8. L. Kaleo Elia, 59, Salt Lake City, Utah (lithotripsy)
9. Terry Harsney, Fairlawn, Ohio (alula)
10. Bill Long, 54, Salem, Ore. (troupial)
11. James Pearce, 60, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (verruca)
12. Darrell Noe, 64, Arlington, Texas (chukar)
13. Larry Grossman, 54, Northwood, N.D. (urticaria)
14. Mary McClintock, 62, Fort Collins, Colo., (corrigendum)
15. Mary Ann Hungerford, 55, Granville, Ohio (hornswoggle)
1. Hal Prince, 54, Palo Alto, Calif.
2. Darrell Noe, 63, Arlington, Texas (scorpaenid)
3. Bill Long, 53, Salem, Ore. (tryptophan)
4. Tom Lavery, 62, Akron, Ohio (crossopterygian)
5. Nancy Leasure, 67, Danville, Calif. (hamantaschen)
6. Mary Kay Hemmer, 57, Cheyenne, Wyo. (zucchetto)
7. Linda Goertz, 58, Portland, Ore. (exsiccate)
8. Polly Stewart, 62, Salt Lake City, Utah (younker)
9. Julie Golden, 66, Portland, Ore. (komatik)
10. Scott Firebaugh, 52, Kokomo, Ind. (phillumenist)
11. Lenore Collins, 66, Mentor, Ohio (oligophagous)
12. Rev. Steve Hislop, 59, Grand Junction, Colo. (myrmidons)
13. Judy Parsons, 60, York, Penn. (parthenogenesis)
14. Jason Blake, 67, Roslyn, Wash. (trousseaux)
15. Linda Ott, 57, Fort Collins, Colo. (rickettsia)
16. Reta Lorenz, 86, Laramie, Wyo. (trichotillomania)
1. David Riddle
2. Bill Long (cappelletti)
3. LaRae Lawson (passementerie)
4. Patricia Hanson (phillumenist)
5. Lenore Collins (urceolate)
6. Charles Underwood (kakiemon)
7. Debra Griffin (opprobrium)
8. Sue Carlass (pichlorohydrin)
9. Debra Rotroff (tarsometatarsus)
10. Brian Greene (atherosclerosis)
11. Mary Kay Hemmer (frugivorous)
12. Ruth Wright (epistemology)
13. Andrea Coelho (entelechy)
14. MT Casey (legerdemain)
15. John Haniszewski (schizophrenia)
16. Laura Steele (quercitron)
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