Oregon Senior Spelling Bee

Many older adults enjoy playing with words and are good spellers, but did you know that there is an Oregon Senior Spelling Bee especially for people 50 years of age and up? This year’s event, Oregon’s 16th annual senior spelling bee, will be held on Saturday, April 13, at the Heritage Center of the Sisters of Holy Names in Lake Oswego. Starting time will be 1:00 PM.

A national senior spelling bee, sponsored by AARP and held each year in Cheyenne, Wyoming, has been in existence for about 17 years, but very few states host a similar contest. This is probably a factor in the success of Oregon contestants, who have returned home with four first place trophies, plus several more second and third place trophies!

The Oregon Senior Spelling Bee starts with a written competition of 75 words presented in three rounds of 25 words each, followed by a break with refreshments for contestants and guests. Competition resumes with an oral round and concludes with the presentation of trophies to the top three finishers. The first place winner is offered financial assistance to attend the AARP National Spelling Bee in Cheyenne, which will be held on July 13, 2013.

The all-volunteer Oregon Spelling Bee Board hosts this event which has proven to be both entertaining and stimulating.  The relaxed atmosphere of the Oregon State Bee provides a great way for seniors to have fun while challenging themselves.  The Board is made up mostly of participants who have won the Oregon Bee in the past years, including four Vernonians:  Noni Andersen, Tobie Finzel, Carol Sawyer and Audeen Wagner.

For more information or a registration form, call Audeen Wagner at 503-429-9700, or Tobie Finzel at 503-705-2173.  The entry fee of $12.00 is non-refundable. Participants may also register on the day of the event.  Spectators are welcome.