Ohio University hosted the regional spelling bee Saturday at Baker Theater and after two and a half hours of spelling, champions from Region I and Region II were named.

Harold Harman, a student from East Muskingum Middle school spelled “exacerbate” in the 18th round to take home the win in Region I.

Students from Ashland, Athens, Champaign, Coshocton, Crawford, Fayette, Gallia, Guernsey, Hocking, Huron, Jackson, Knox, Lawrence, Logan, Marion, Meigs, Morgan, Morrow, Muskingum, Perry, Pike, Richland, Ross, Scioto, Union, Vinton Counties all participated in the Region I spelling bee.

During the afternoon, Region II’s competition was held with students from Delaware, Franklin, Licking, Madison, and Pickaway Counties.

The winner of the Region II spelling bee, Max Danner, a student from Oakstone Academy, spelled “enamor” in the 19th round to beat out 45 other contestants.

Both Harman and Danner now advance to the National Spelling Bee.

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