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Tennessee Man Wins 15th Annual AARP National Spelling Bee for ‘Word Nerds’ Age 50+


Most Competitive Bee in Its 15 Year History

Cheyenne, WY — After more than 9 and a half hours of spelling today (Saturday), Scott Firebaugh, age 56, of Knoxville, TN, correctly spelled “keratomileusis” to win the 15th Annual AARP National Spelling Bee for spellers age 50+. The runner-up, Robert Moy, age 53, from New York, NY, missed “myoinositol” after 68 difficult rounds of spelling. Third place went to the 2005 AARP National Spelling Bee champion, David Riddle, 57, of Pacific Grove, CA.

The AARP National Spelling Bee began with a 100-word written spelling test which narrowed the field of 48 competitors from all over the country down to the top 16. These finalists advanced to the oral spelling finals where spellers were allowed to miss three words before being knocked out of the contest. «Read the rest of this article»

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