Fitchburg’s Eagle School fifth-grader Maya Jadhav has advanced to the finals of the 92nd Scripps National Spelling Bee in National Harbor, Maryland.
The Scripps National Spelling Bee is a yearly spelling competition designed to help students learn spelling and improve their vocabularies. This year, 11 million students competed in classrooms across the nation and 519 made it to the national level, the largest number of competitors the National Spelling Bee has ever seen.
The students competing in the event ranged in age from 8 to 14 and came from 50 states, and various countries including the Bahamas, Canada, Jamaica, Japan, Ghana and South Korea.
Maya will compete today against 49 of the nation’s top spellers this morning. After spelling two words correctly Wednesday, Maya was the only Wisconsin speller to advance to the finals.
Eight total students from Wisconsin competed at the Scripps National Spelling Bee including Aiden Wijeyakulasuriya, 8, of Middleton; Immanuel Goveas, 12, of Menomonee Falls; Katherine Bautista, 13, of Fitchburg; Julianne Washa, 9, of Highland; Spencer Phillips, 13, of McFarland; Kieran McKinney, 14, of West Salem and Aryan Kalluvila, 14, of Hubertus.