PAINTED POST - Anh Thu Tran of Horseheads won the 2019 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee at Corning-Painted Post Middle School Saturday afternoon.

Tran is a 13-year-old eighth grade student at Chemung Valley Montessori School in Elmira. She distinguished herself amongst a field of nearly 60 student competitors from around 30 area schools, emerging as the eventual winner after more than four hours of competition.

She emerged victorious in round 18, correctly spelling the word ‘inconsiderate.’

Tran, who has competed at regionals several times before, said it felt really good to finally win it.

"It feels really great because I've been competing here at the regional bee for a really long time, so I'm just really happy that I finally won," she said.

Tran will now advance to the 2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland. She also competed in last year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Preliminaries for the national competition will begin May 27. The national competition will be broadcast on ESPN3 on May 28, 29, and 30. The finals will be broadcast at 8:30 p.m. May 30 on ESPN2.

Twelve-year-old Iftikar Hamenoo, a seventh grade student at C-PP Middle School, was Saturday’s runner up, finishing in second place behind Tran.

Saturday’s Scripps Regional Spelling Bee was sponsored by the Corning Rotary Club, the Tripp Foundation, Corning Credit Union, ServU Credit Union, First Heritage Credit Union, the Bath Rotary, and the Corning Rotary Literacy Committee.

For more information, visit www.spellingbee.com.