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95-year-old woman wins Decatur spelling bee

A 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 is blind and tells the Herald and Review (http://bit.ly/18rTnL1) that 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. 

State Rep. Sue Scherer was one of the judges. She says "spelling bees provide seniors with an excellent venue to interact, have fun and remind everyone why they are our greatest generation."

Information from: Herald & Review, http://www.herald-review.com

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