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Holmen middle schooler headed to Badger state spelling bee finals

Brad Williams

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The five finalist from Monday's CESA-4 regional spelling bee (left to right) Regina Turner, Aliya May, Harsimranpreet Virk, Maisie McKinney, Aliyah Schlicht

A Holmen Middle School student will be headed to Madison to take part in the Badger State Spelling Bee.

Pentathlon was the word that crowned Harsimranpreet Virk the CESA-4 regional champion Monday among 39 competitors in West Salem.

Virk, along with five other students, will take part in the state championship March 16 in Madison.

The other four are Regina Turner of Providence Academy in La Crosse, Aliya May from Wonewoc-Center, Maisie McKinney of Coulee Christian School in West Salem and Aliyah Schlicht of La Crosse’s Longfellow Middle School.

McKinney also qualified for the state bee last year from West Salem.