EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Schools throughout the Tri-State area competed in the 2020 EVSC Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday afternoon.
The competition was held at the EVSC’s Academy for Innovative Studies on Diamond Avenue.
45 students from regional schools across Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois participated in the event.
In order to qualify for the competition, each student had to win their school’s individual spelling bee, as well as score at least an 18 on the online vocabulary test.
Abby Jones, one of the spelling contestants, says she learned most of her words from simply reading.
“I really like the Harry Potter books, and I like serious books a lot. and books that are mysteries," Jones said.
Pranav Chandar, who won last year’s regional spelling bee, repeated as the regional winner. He will now compete in the 2020 Scripps National Spelling Bee near Washington, D.C.
Chandar previously represented the Tri-State on the national stage during last year’s spelling bee, where he finished 17th out of 565 competitors.
This year’s event is scheduled to begin on May 24.
Chandar is currently a seventh grader at Castle North Middle School.