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10-year-old from Fitchburg captures Badger spelling title

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The state spelling bee in Madison on Saturday featured several Coulee Region spellers, from among those pictured here after the regional bee in February

A 10-year-old girl from the Madison area is Wisconsin’s top speller for this year.

Maya Jadhav of Fitchburg won the Badger Spelling Bee in Madison on Saturday by correctly spelling ‘lapilli,’ a word that describes volcanic cinders.

The top three spellers from the state bee advance to the Nationals, happening in Washington this May.

In second place was Immanuel Goveas of Menomonee Falls, one of two Wisconsin co-champions last year.

Third place went to Aryan Kalluvila of Richfield,

Finishing just out of the top three, in fourth place, was the winner of the West Salem regional bee, Harsimranpreet Virk of Holmen.

She was one of four spellers from the CESA-4 bee who competed in the state finals.

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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