In this Monday, May 6, 2013 photo, Keystone Meadows Assisted Living activity director Amanda Maleche applauds as 95-year-old Jean Moore wins the local age 50 and up spelling bee at the Macon County Senior Center in Decatur, Ill. Moore, who is blind, went up against seven other challengers in the Illinois Department on Aging competition. She will advance to the regional competition in June. (AP Photo/Herald & Review, Jim Bowling)
DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A blind, 95-year-old retirement home resident won the Decatur senior spelling bee.
Jean Moore went up against seven other challengers in the Illinois Department on Aging competition on Monday. She said she visualized the words in her head. She won on the word “sovereign,” out-spelling 61-year-old Joan Bruer of Decatur. Both women will advance to the regional competition in June.
The finals are in August at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield.