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William Thill of Los Angeles correctly spelled "fulguration" and "parthenogenesis" to win the $1,000 prize at the 11th annual National Adult Spelling Bee in Long Beach, Calif. on Sunday, March 6. A few of the other words he correctly spelled in later rounds of the bee included "patzer", "pomaceous", "noetic", and "foxing." This was Thill's first time in the bee, and he works as a mathematics teacher at Harvard-Westlake School. He is donating half of his winnings to the Thrive Tribe Foundation to help "educate and empower HIV negative and positive people by applying today's science and knowledge to end HIV."
WINNING WORD MEANINGS: Fulguration is "the act or process of flashing like lightning." Parthenogenesis means "reproduction by development of an unfertilized usually female gamete that occurs especially among lower plants and invertebrate animals."
Second place went to Vicki Craig of San Antonio, Texas. She was eliminated in Round 18 of the approx. 2 ½ hour bee by incorrectly spelling "ganache." Earlier in the bee she correctly spelled "cabotage", "prolix", "facetious", and "marplot." This was Craig's second time to get second place in this bee.
Third place was a three-way tie between Mitch Powell of Santa Ana, Calif., Michael Chaskes of Los Angeles, and Anne Wright of Long Beach, Calif. In Round 16 they misspelled "prorogue", "theriac" and "cadastral," respectively.
Registrants in the bee were from five states. The bee is hosted annually by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) at Bay Shore Church in Belmont Shore. Kate Karp is the pronouncer. Judges included Willa Heart, Sharon Sueki, and Elizabeth Schirmer. The prize money comes from CAT's Long Beach Turkey Trot 5K/10K.
THE WINNER of the 10th annual National Adult Spelling Bee was Tony Johnson of Newnan, Georgia. After 2 hours and 20 minutes of words on Sunday, March 1, 2015, he correctly spelled “curtilage” in Round 24 and “chondroitin" in Round 25 to win. He is donating $500 of his $1,000 winnings to Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org).
Second place was Vicki Craig of San Antonio, Texas. She misspelled "serval" in Round 24. Third place was Jim Sherry of Troy, Alabama. Jim misspelled "subfusc" in Round 22. Fourth place went to Jan Stanakis of Huntington Beach, Calif. Fifth place was a tie between Dawn Catlett of Ventura, Calif. and Anne Wright of Long Beach, Calif.
For the adult bee, contestants must be age 16 or older. Registrants were from Alabama, California, Georgia, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas. Some of the words in the final rounds of the Bee included:
The Bee is hosted annually by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team (CAT) and is held at the Bay Shore Church in Long Beach, Calif.
Kate Karp is the pronouncer each year. She was the champion in the Bee's first year. Judges include Willa Heart and Sharon Sueki.
NATIONAL ADULT SPELLING BEE CHAMPIONS
2006 Kate Karp; Long Beach, Calif.
2007 Hal Prince; Palo Alto, Calif.
2008 Janice Davis; Orange, Calif.
2009 Michael Petrina; Arlington, Va.
2010 Anne Wright; Long Beach, Calif.
2011 Janice Davis; Orange, Calif.
2012 Michael Petrina; Arlington, Va.
2013 Jim Sherry; Troy, Ala.
2014 Bernetta Gresko; Long Beach, Calif.
2015 Tony Johnson; Newnan, Ga.
2016 Will it be you?
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THE WINNER of the 9th-annual National Adult Spelling Bee was Bernetta Gresko, Long Beach, Calif. She lives in the Belmont Shore neighborhood where the Bee took place. She is donating $500 of her $1,000 winnings to National Organization for Rare Disorders. After 2 hours and 10 minutes of words, she correctly spelled “phalanx” in Round 16 and “contumacious” in Round 17 to win.
SECOND PLACE WAS A TIE for Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif., and Anne Wright, Long Beach, Calif. Both are previous winners of this Bee. Davis and Wright got out in Round 16 after misspelling “divagate” and “prevenient,” respectively.
THIRD PLACE went to Lakshmi Gandhasri of San Jose, Calif. She misspelled "costive" in Round 13.
Adult spellers came as far as Texas and Virginia. The guest pronouncer for Round 1 was Tim Grobaty, columnist at the Long Beach Press-Telegram. The Bee is hosted annually by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit Community Action Team.
The final words in this adult bee were:
Congrats to the 2013 National Adult Spelling Bee winner Jim Sherry from Troy, Alabama. Jim won the $1,000 prize in Round 27 by spelling "quincunx." In the later rounds of the Bee, he also correctly spelled "festinate", “maquette”, kludge” and “moiety.” It was his fourth time traveling to compete in the Bee. He teaches French at Troy University. The charity that he was playing for is Troy University Circle K, and they will receive his prize money.
Top Spellers and Words They Misspelled in 2013
1st: Jim Sherry; Troy, Ala. (no misspellings)
2nd: Bernetta Gresko; Long Beach, Calif., tourbillion
3rd: Dave Lieberman; Anaheim, Calif.; etesian
4th: Thu-Hương Nguyễn, Long Beach, Calif.; cyrillic
5th: Sheila Patel, San Francisco; chiropteran
5th: Pamela Cisneros, Garden Grove, Calif.; misoneism
5th: Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif.; callipygian
6th: Yasemin Schatz, San Diego, Calif.; sybarite
6th: Kiri Wagstaff, Monrovia, Calif.; atrabilious
This was the 8th-annual Bee for adults. Last year’s winner was from Virginia.
Second place went to Bernetta Gresko of Long Beach, Calif., after misspelling "tourbillion" in Round 26. She is a retired school teacher. Third place went to Dave Lieberman of Anaheim, Calif. He misspelled "etesian" in Round 14. Fourth place was Thu-Hương Nguyễn of Long Beach, Calif. She misspelled "Cyrillic" in Round 11. Fifth place was a three-way tie between Sheila Patel, San Francisco; Pamela Cisneros, Garden Grove, Calif.; and Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif.
Some words in the final rounds:
W-I-N-N-E-R! Congrats to all the great 2012 National Adult Spelling Bee spellers who competed on April 22. Michael Petrina, far left, of Arlington, Va., won $1,000 by correctly spelling "dossier" and "flageolet." Second place was Patricia Knatz, second from left, from Studio City, Calif., after misspelling "limen" in Round 16 of the approx. 2-hour bee. Third place was a tie for Janice Davis, second from right, of Garden Grove, Calif. and Lindsay Harrison, far right, of Chico, Calif.
LAST YEAR 2012 Photos
Virginia's Michael Petrina Wins Nat'l Adult Spelling Bee for 2nd Time
THERE WERE MORE than 30 contestants from across the country that registered for the 7th annual National Adult Spelling Bee that took place in Long Beach, Calif., on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Spellers traveled from as far as Virginia, Alabama and Georgia for this Bee that has a $1,000 prize. The prize money comes from the Long Beach Turkey Trot.
MICHAEL PETRINA of Arlington, Virginia, took home the $1,000 prize at the end of the 17th Round, and is donating half of that to the Alzheimer's Association. He also won this Bee for the first time in 2009. This year's winning words for Michael were dossier and flageolet.
THE SECOND PLACE speller was Patricia Knatz from Studio City, Calif. She misspelled limen in round 16. Some of the words she correctly spelled included rupee, glyptic, lamprey and diurnal.
THIRD PLACE was a tie. The two spellers were Janice Davis of Garden Grove, Calif., and 17-year-old Lindsay Harrison of Chico, Calif. They both got out in Round 14 after incorrectly spelling architrave and golem, respectively..
THE 4TH-PLACE speller was Kiri Wagstaff of Monrovia, Calif. She got out on asceticism in Round 13.
FIFTH PLACE was a four-way tie between Thu-Huong Nguyen of Long Beach, Calif.; Nicholas Kuefler of Decatur, Ga.; Jim Sherry of Troy, Ala.; and Anne Wright of Long Beach, Calif. Words they misspelled were lachrymose, jehu, kachina and levigate, respectively, in Round 11.
MORE THAN 230 WORDS were used in the Bee. The National Adult Spelling Bee was created and is sponsored by Justin Rudd and his nonprofit 501c3 Community Action Team (CAT). They also host the annual National Kids Spelling Bee each March in Long Beach.
SOME CORRECTLY SPELLED words included cozen, kundalini, skein, and esemplastic.
SOME OTHER MISSPELLED WORDS
included sinecure, gubernatorial, longanimity, millennial, dalliance and egalitarian.
WINNER Michael Petrina - Arlington, VA
2nd Patricia Knatz - Studio City, CA
3rd Janice Davis - Garden Grove, CA
3rd Lindsay Harrison - Chico, CA
4th Kiri Wagstaff - Monrovia, CA
5th Thu-Huong Nguyen - Long Beach, CA
5th Nicholas Kuefler - Decatur, GA
5th Jim Sherry - Troy, AL
5th Anne Wright - Long Beach, CA
6th Anthony Quilon - Long Beach, CA
7th Bonnie Lemke - Cypress, CA
7th Tony Vaca - Cypress, CA
7th Mark Salsgaver - Long Beach, CA
8th Jessica Ferraro - Santa Monica, CA
8th Marc Nitz - Costa Mesa, CA
8th Bernetta Gresko - Long Beach, CA
9th Linda Hernandez - Cerritos, CA
9th Sheila Nem - Long Beach, CA
9th Nancy Reppert - Lakewood, CA
10th Drew Massey - Sherman Oaks, CA
11th Mitch Powell - Santa Ana, CA
11th Roxana (Roxie) Bradley - Albuquerque, NM
11th Vicki Goodman - Long Beach, CA
12th John Szabo - Decatur, GA
12th Thao Nguyen - Cypress, CA
13th Melanie Becerril - Long Beach, CA
13th Karen Palmer - Westminster, CA
14th Moustafa Kharouta - Irvine, CA
NS. Sharlene Wills - Los Angeles, CA
NS. Tracy Tisino - Riverside, CA
NS. Tommasine Tisino - Hawthore, CA
NS. Sheila Patel - San Francisco, CA
NS. Rod Bell - Long Beach, CA
NS. Jason Su - Santa Ana, CA
The National Kids Spelling Bee & National Adult Spelling Bee will take place Sunday, March 6, 2016, 2-7 p.m., at Bay Shore Church in Long Beach, Calif. The contests will be held back to back this year. Adult bee starts approx. 4:30 p.m. Each winner gets $1,000. Pronouncer is Kate Karp. www.AdultSpellingBee.com MAP
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Janice Davis, Garden Grove, Calif.
Correctly spelled decoupage and isinglass. She won $1,000 after 37 rounds! She'll be donating $500 of that to her favorite charity, Set Free Christian Ministries in Orange, Calif.
David Riddle, Pacific Grove, Calif. Misspelled axolotl.
Michael Petrina, Arlington, VA. Misspelled aikido.
Christy Ewing, Long Beach, Calif. Misspelled tilde.
Vicki Paris Goodman, Long Beach, Calif. Misspelled burgher.
SEE THE COMPLETE 293-WORD LIST IN THE RIGHT COLUMN OF THIS PAGE.
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The National Adult Spelling Bee is designed to help adults and students in high school and college improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, and develop correct English usage. This contest is sure to have some nail-biting, breath-bating competitors.
7. All participants are expected to be signed-in at the event location no later than 30 minutes prior to the announced starting time of the contest.
9. Participants may draw numbers to see who starts first (which presents an element of risk as elimination occurs in order). Or, organizers may pre-assign the numbers.
15. The judges may disqualify any speller who ignores a request to start spelling.
16. The judges may not disqualify a speller for asking a question.
17. Having started to spell a word, a speller may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning. In retracing, however, there can be no change of letters or their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters or their sequence is changed in the respelling, the speller will be eliminated.
18. The competition shall be conducted in rounds. Each speller remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round shall spell one word in the round. Upon missing the spelling of a word, a speller immediately drops out of the competition. The next word on the pronouncer's list is given to the next speller.
19. Under no circumstance is any speller asked to correct the misspelling of another speller.
20. If none of the spellers remaining in the spelling bee at the start of a round spells a word correctly during that round, all shall remain in the competition with the spellers spelling in the original order.
22. During the final rounds of the competition, the judges may choose to allow participants the option of writing the word down on paper before being required to spell it orally.
24. Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the designated official immediately in writing on the official appeal form that will be provided at the competition. The official appeal form will contain space for the following: the word in question, the name of the speller, and the reason for the appeal.
25. The judges will not entertain appeals from individuals seeking to dislodge another speller from the competition. The deadline for filing an appeal is before the speller affected would have received his/her next word had he/she stayed in the competition. No appeal will be entertained after that word has been given to another speller.
26. When only five or fewer spellers remain, an oral appeal must be made immediately, that is, before the speller affected would have received his/her next word had he/she stayed in the contest.
27. If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer will indicate which word is to be spelled. If the listed word is not properly identified, either by defining it or distinguishing the homonyms, any correct spelling of any homonym of the word will be accepted.
28. The speller shall not be disqualified for failing to note that a word is capitalized (noted as "cap," "usu cap," "often cap," or "sometimes cap."
29. The dictionary provided by the judges shall serve as the final authority for the spelling of words. If more than one spelling is listed for a word, any of these spellings will be accepted as correct if the word either matches the pronunciation and definition provided by the pronouncer or if it is clearly identified as being a standard variant of the word that the speller has been asked to spell. Spellings at other locations having archaic, obsolete, or regional labels (such as North, Midland, Irish, British) that are different from those at the main entry will not be accepted as correct.
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