While 19 articulate elementary school students gathered to compete in the annual Iroquois-Kankakee Regional Spelling Bee Tuesday night, the outcome came down to a duel between two — Quinn Meadows, of Bradley Central School, and Bryan Aldridge, of Bourbonnais Upper Grade Center.

All other spellers were eliminated from the competition after 17 rounds except the pair. From there, the bee lasted another 16 rounds before Meadows emerged as the winner in Round No. 33.

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