Senior spelling bee in Pembroke Pines

  • Dawn Sorrentino, 83, tries to spell a word during the senior spelling bee at the Southwest Focal Point Center in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Seventeen contestants competed in the senior spelling bee at the Southwest Focal Point Center in Pembroke Pines. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Dawn Sorrentino, 83, laughs as she spells a word wrong during the senior spelling bee at the Southwest Focal Point Center in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • Gilda South, 85, laughs as she tries to spell a word during a senior spelling bee at the Southwest Focal Point Center in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff

  • The winner of the spelling bee, Cordella Lewis, 76, spells a word during the senior spelling bee at the Southwest Focal Point Center in Pembroke Pines on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Joe Rimkus Jr. / Miami Herald Staff