Updated Tue, Mar 25, 2014 2:28 pm
Ohio University hosted the regional spelling bee Saturday morning at Baker Theater.
After two and a half hours of spelling and 54 eliminated contestants from Region I, one 7th grade student came out on top.
Harold Harman, a student from East Muskingum Middle school spelled "exacerbate" in the 18th round to take home the win.
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 1 spelling bee.
Saturday afternoon, Ohio University held the Region II spelling bee, consisting of 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 after this Saturday's competion.