OXON HILL, Md — Two Akron-area spellers bowed out of the Scripps National Spelling Bee after correctly spelling their words Wednesday in Round 3.

Jameson Tan of Akron spelled her word CHAPLAINCY correctly, while Riya Hegde spelled SPECTATORITIS correctly.

The girls’ fathers, Dr. Mike Tan and Dr. Vish Hegde, reported that both learned about 3 p.m. Wednesday that they won’t move on to Thursday’s final rounds.

The bee moves no more than 50 spellers into the final rounds. Officials take the scores from the spellers’ written test taken on Monday and combine them with scores from correct spellings on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tan, a sixth-grader at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, initially asked for pronouncer Jacques Bailly to say the word again, then asked for the definition. She then asked for him to give her all of the information she's entitled to receive. That includes part of speech, definition, origin of the word and for it to be used in a sentence.

She seemed to have no difficulty, slowly but methodically going through the word.

Tan said she knew the word when she heard it.

“I had heard it before,” she said. “I wasn’t 100 percent sure that I’d get it right, but I got it right. I just had to make sure it was the right word, and just a little extra time to think about ‘was this the right spelling’ and ‘do I really know what this word is.’ ”

She said her mother, Jackie Peckham, called her a “rock star” for her performance, even though the speller had a hunch that she might not be moving forward after Wednesday.

“I honestly think I did better on the vocabulary than the actual spelling part,” Tan said. “I got, I think, one spelling word right. I’m glad I’m here anyway.”

Hegde, a sixth-grader at Hudson Middle School, asked for all of the information she could get for her word, before spelling SPECTATORITIS correctly.

“I didn’t specifically know the word, but there were words in that round that I didn’t know, so I was glad that I got a word with familiar parts in it, since I knew ‘spectator’ and the suffix ‘-itis,’” she said. “I felt like I would get it right. I was just trying to make sure because I felt like I knew the word, so I just wanted to make sure I was getting it right.”

Hegde also wasn’t sure she did well enough to move on.

“I’m not sure, it was pretty hard,” she said about Monday’s written test. “I think I did my best on it, so I guess I’ll have to see what happens.”

Hegde represented Akron Beacon Journal during the event, after winning its regional spelling bee in March.

Tan was participating in the national event via its RSVBee program, which allows spellers who aren't their region’s champion to also participate. It's also geared to reach out to areas of the country where there are no regional qualifying bees. Families whose children participate must foot the cost of the participation and all travel expenses.

Peckham was thrilled with the experience at the bee.

“I just want to say how generous this competition is to spellers,” Peckham said. “These kids could bomb in Round 1, and they still get the chance to be on stage and to get the full experience of sitting in the chairs, and wearing the placards and having to stand at the microphone and talk to the pronouncer and the judges.

“It is the most incredible thing, and it doesn’t matter. We’ve got almost 400 spellers who are still qualified … and 50 to make it to the finals. And right now every one of these kids has had a chance. It’s fabulous. It’s lovely.”

During Tuesday's second round, Tan spelled MATERFAMILIAS correctly and Hegde spelled VINDALOO correctly.

The girls are both age 12. Tan has completed only her third spelling bee, while Hegde has completed her fourth.

Another area speller, 13-year-old Jordan Schwartz of Alliance, who represented The Canton Repository in the bee, dropped out in Round 3. He missed on MAUNDY.