Contestant Carol Greene of Evanston, a retired 35-year Chicago Public School teacher, had not participated in a spelling bee since the eighth grade.RoundTable photos

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Evanston Senior Spelling Bee at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, May 31,
2 p.m. Evanston’s Gary Wisby triumphed with the word “nystagmus,” beating 17 other contestants. He and second-place winner Judy Bowman will advance to the regional competition in Park Ridge on June 6.

The regional champ moves on to the State Finals in Springfield.