Three local spellers made it to the regional level of the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Due to coronavirus concerns, this year's regional contest was held online. The test consisted of 25 spelling words and 25 vocabulary words.
Mason Middle School seventh-grader Sahana Srikanth, 12 of Mason advanced to the third regional round.
Cincinnati Christian Hills Academy seventh-grader Angelina Schmerr, 13 of West Chester, also advanced to the third round.
Ballyshannon Middle School sixth-grader Tara Rakesh, 11 of Florence, advanced to the sixth round and ended up finishing in 31st place.
The top 11 spellers are advancing to the national stage in Orlando, Florida on July 8.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company from its headquarters in Cincinnati.