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Welcome to the National Senior Spelling Bee website!

Great news! We plan to hold the National Senior Spelling Bee on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. in Knoxville, Tenn., at the Knoxville Convention Center, provided a sufficient number of people register by May 21, 2018. A reception is planned at the Knoxville Convention Center (same location as the spelling bee) on Friday, July 20, from 7 to 8 p.m. There will be drinks, fun, and fellowship. It is FREE for spellers, spouses, and friends, but please let us know how many are attending. (Please refer to the link on the left for the entry form. Click on the link, right click on the form, select Print, fill out the hard copy, and mail to Scott at address shown on bottom of form.)

Study hard. If you need more information, please email Scott Firebaugh. Copy and paste this email address into your email program:

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.

Jim Sherry Wins 2016 National Senior Spelling Bee

Jim Sherry of Troy, Alabama, correctly spelled bivouacking, which means creating or taking temporary shelter, in the 12th round to win first place in the National Senior Spelling Bee held in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 9, 2016. Jim is no stranger to the winner's circle in adult spelling competitions, having won the National Adult Spelling Bee in 2013, which is held annually in Long Beach, California.

Phyllis Wernes of Minnesota finished second, going out on the word Ghibelline, which is a member of an aristocratic political party in medieval Italy.

Ron Lewis of Missouri City, Texas, finished in third place, missing the word carrack (a sailing ship of the 15th century) in the 11th round.

Kate Karp of Long Beach, California, finished in fourth place, misspelling the word misleared, a Scotttish word for unmannerly.

Bernetta Gresko of Long Beach, California, and Bob Stern of Knoxville, Tennessee, finished in a tie for fifth place.

(L to R) Lauren Matz, pronouncer; Scott Firebaugh, director of NSSB; Jim Sherry (1st); Phyllis Wernes (2nd); Ron Lewis (3rd); Kate Karp (4th).

Jim Sherry
Jim Sherry
Troy, AL
1st Place - 2016