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The National Senior Spelling Bee is open to anyone 50 years old or older. This orthographic contest will entertain and challenge you. You'll meet like-minded folks and compete with some of the best spellers in the nation. There are cash prizes for the winners, but the biggest remuneration is loads of fun.
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David Millard Wins 2015 National Senior Spelling Bee
After the dust had settled (probably from a barchan), David Millard, 64, emerged as the winner of the 2015 National Senior Spelling Bee, held on July 18, 2015, in Knoxville, Tennessee, by correctly spelling barchan, which is a crescent-shaped sand dune with a convex side in the direction of the wind. Earlier in the competition, David had correctly spelled haram, bairn, pixilated, chrisom, susurrus, and basidiomycetous . David, who is a retired science and math teacher from Austin, Texas, earned a first-place prize of $1,000.
Jim Sherry of Troy, Alabama, finished second, going home with $500 for his efforts. He had battled David Millard for nine rounds before missing the word atabrine, a drug once used to treat malaria. Earlier, Jim had correctly spelled Danae, recension, dirndl, lucarne, minaudiere, and sycee.
Bernetta Gresko of Long Beach, California, finished in third place and earned $300. Bernetta had correctly spelled dybbukim, crannog, gaillardia, and blastocoelic before missing tabanid in the seventh round.
Ron Lewis of Missouri City, Texas, finished in fourth place, which was worth $200 in prize money. Ron had correctly spelled pirn, pupu, and trachytic before missing birkie in the sixth round.
The remaining finalists in the oral rounds were:
Hats off to Scott Firebaugh for making this year's spelling bee happen. Thanks also to Lauren Matz for her superb job of pronouncing the words; Tony Johnson, Susan Firebaugh, and Vonda Jennings for serving as judges; and Willa Heart and Susan Firebaugh for registering the spellers and guests.