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.