NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Lakeshore students Ananya Bommineni and Tanishka Jadhav are returning today for further competition in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Ananya and Tanishka kept their championship hopes alive by correctly spelling their allotted words Tuesday, during their first preliminary round.

Ananya correctly spelled “Becquerel,” which is a biographical word for a family of French physicists, according to the definition posted on the Bee’s website.

Tanishka also nailed her word, “eidetic,” an adjective that means “marked by or involving extraordinarily accurate and vivid recall especially of visual images.”

Competition ended by 6:30 p.m. Tuesday during a second preliminary round, in which 113 spellers participated. Ananya and Tanishka weren’t among them, because they hadn’t taken their turns yet.

Both will return for further competition today at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, in National Harbor, Md. – where the contest will continue until one final winner emerges on Thursday.

Ananya and Tanishka are among 565 students vying to win this year’s event, which is marking its largest group of competitors ever.

ESPN3 is streaming the event live, with another full day of preliminary competition from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with preliminary finals scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Thursday.

Ananya, 14, is the daughter of Anjan and Sudha Bommineni, of Stevensville, and an eighth-grader at Lakeshore Middle School. She earned her place by winning the Cloverleaf Spelling Bee title in February, at Lake Michigan College.

Tanishka, 12, is the daughter of Sunil and Deepali Jadhav, of St. Joseph. She’s just wrapping her sixth-grade year at Lakeshore Middle School. She earned her trip to the national competition through the RSVBee program, which is open to students who aren’t sponsored by a newspaper, and have won a local title of their own.

Students taking the RSVBee option must apply for their place, and then pay the $1,500 participation fee, if they’re successful.

For rules, schedules and other information, visit the Bee’s website at: