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Holmen middle schooler headed to Badger state spelling bee finals



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.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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