Dozens of Tri-State students compete in WCPO 9 On Your Side/Scripps Regional Spelling Bee

Two winners advance to National Bee

Can you spell e-x-c-i-t-e-m-e-n-t?

The WCPO 9 On Your Side/Scripps Regional Spelling Bee was held Saturday at Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy.

The two winners outlasted dozens of students from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana:

  • Irene Calderon from Summit Country Day School won the Ohio event with the word "Talmud," a collection of writings on Jewish law and custom and religious practice.
  • Tanvi Rakesh from Longbranch Elementary School in Union, Kentucky, won the Kentucky/Indiana competition with the word "canoa," a sloop-rigged fishing boat common in the Amazon delta.

Irene and Tanvi will compete in the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee May 27 to June 4 in Washington, D.C. As regional winners, Irene and Tanvi receive expenses-paid trip for themselves and one parent from WCPO 9 On Your Side.

Tanvi repeated as regional bee champion after winning last year and finishing as runner-up in 2016.

WATCH the complete Kentucky/Indiana competition in the player above.

WATCH the complete Ohio competition in the video player below.

 
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