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Defending Wisconsin spelling champ gets one more shot at nationals

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A Madison area student has one more chance to win the National Spelling Bee.

Maya Jadhav of Fitchburg won the Wisconsin state spelling bee in Madison on Saturday for the fourth consecutive year.

Jadhav’s winning word was “obrotund,” which means something nearly the shape of a sphere.

It’s her fifth year qualifying for nationals — her last year of eligibility for the contest, because she’s in eighth grade.

Students from La Crosse Aquinas, Onalaska, Holmen, and Melrose-Mindoro represented the CESA-4 district of western Wisconsin at the state finals.

Jadhav finished at the top of a field of 54 spellers from around the Badger State, with a sixth-grade speller from Madison placing second.

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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