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Husband-Wife “Word Nerds” Test Their Skills in Cheyenne

PHOTO: David Bergin, Pueblo, Colo.
August 10. 2012
PHOTO: David Bergin, Pueblo, Colo.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – People from all over the country are in Cheyenne today (Friday), to compete in this weekend's AARP National Spelling Bee.

Some have tried for the grand prize several times, while others are new to the competition. David and Cathy Bergin from Pueblo, Colorado, are here - and David says his background gives him an edge.

"I used to be the legal editor for the Colorado Legislature, which kind of requires you to be a good speller."

Cathy Bergin has spent a lifetime focused on words, loves word games, and says she is currently pursuing a master's degree in English.

"I think I have a pretty quick mind, and I think that helps. I have lots of experience with spelling. I was a newspaper reporter and an editor."

Registrations are still accepted at the door this morning, and the cost is $50. First prize is $1,000, and the competition will be broadcast live online, at

The event also features informational sessions on keeping healthy while aging.

Deborah Courson Smith/Deb Courson Smith, Public News Service - WY