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AARP National Spelling Bee Aug. 10-11
AARP National Spelling Bee Comes to Cheyenne!
WASHINGTON (August 2, 2012) - Think spelling bees are just for kids? Think again. The AARP National Spelling Bee is open to anyone age 50 or older and attracts spellers from across America to compete for more than $1,000 in cash and prizes. The 17th annual AARP bee will be held Aug. 10-11, 2012 at Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Registration is open at aarp.org/spellingbee through Aug. 6.
"AARP members tell us that staying mentally sharp is very important to them," AARP Wyoming Director Tim Summers said. "The AARP National Spelling Bee offers a fun way to showcase a lifetime of knowledge while competing against other people who can't stand spelling mistakes either."
The two-day mental fitness challenge kicks off with a workshop from 9 am to 1 pm Friday, Aug. 10, called "Gray Matters: Training the Grownup Brain," allowing participants to ask brain health questions of a neurologist, gerontologist, nutritionist and exercise physiologist. The official competition begins at 8:30 am Saturday, Aug. 11, with a 100-word written spelling test, which narrows the field to the top 15 spellers, who advance to compete in the oral spelling finals that afternoon. Spellers may miss two words in the finals before being eliminated from the competition.
The finals of the AARP National Spelling Bee will be broadcast live online at aarp.org/spellingbee, beginning at 1 pm MT Aug. 11, 2012.
Registration costs $40 before Aug. 6 and $50 on the day of the bee, and includes lunch. The Gray Matters workshop is free to competitors and the public.
Sponsors include Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, Inc., Bananagrams, Visit Cheyenne, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Aspen Wind, Greater Cheyenne Women's Civic League and Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power.
Registration and study information including the rules, sample words and contest details can be found at aarp.org/spellingbee or by calling AARP Wyoming at 1-866-663-3290.