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AARP National Spelling Bee Champ Crowned in Cheyenne

June 22, 2009

Cheyenne, WY – There's a new senior spelling champ in the U.S. – Michael Petrina, Jr., from Alexandria, Virginia. The 64-year-old is the winner of the AARP National Spelling Bee, out-spelling 45 other contestants from around the country and surviving 46 rounds to take the crown. His winning word: woad.

"Derivation please. Middle English from before the twelfth century. Woad, W-O-A-D, woad. Judges, do we have ourselves a winner? This is the end of the round. We do have a winner."

Forty-six rounds to declare a winner set a record for the bee. The word that tripped up the runner-up, Scott Firebaugh of Tennessee, is spelled E-T-U-I.

". . . Etui, etui – a small ornamental case. O.K., I'll try something, etui – E-T-W-E-E. (DING!) . . ."

The annual competition is held in Cheyenne, and Dr. Kent Stockton of Riverton placed eighth. The bee is a challenge to the 50-plus community to keep their minds sharp as they age, and is open to anyone in that age group, except previous winners.

More information and a list of top finishers is at

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY