Michael Petrina Jr.

Retired Attorney Becomes AARP Spelling Bee’s First Repeat Champion

Posted on 08/13/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayRhizoctonia 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.