Retired Attorney Becomes AARP Spelling Bee’s First Repeat Champion

Rhizoctonia is a genus of asexual, anamorphic fungi known for causing crop diseases. It’s also the word that netted 67-year-old Michael Petrina Jr. his second first-place win at the AARP National Spelling Bee. Petrina also won the bee in 2009 and placed second in 2011 and 2008.

Tony Johnson Wins 2011 AARP Spelling Bee

He might have been No. 7 but luck had nothing to do with Tony Johnson capturing the 2011 AARP National Spelling Bee. Johnson, 58, a self-confessed “dictionary browser” knocked out two past champs to take home the $5,000 prize.

2010 AARP National Spelling Bee

That’s right, folks. AARP is having a national spelling bee and you can be our next spelling champion! The contest is open to anyone over 50 who has the skills and motivation to go up against some of the best spellers in the nation for some serious spelling competition. The AARP National Spelling Bee was actually created in 1996 by a group of AARP members in Cheyenne, Wyoming, who wanted to challenge themselves and others their age to see how …