EAGLE 6th grader, Maya Jadhav, is headed to the Scripps National Spelling Bee for the third year in a row. After last year’s Badger State win, Maya was a finalist (top 50) at the 2019 national competition, sailing through “verismo” and “determinant” only to be eliminated by an “i” instead of an “e” in “praseodymium”. At only 10 years old last year, Maya was the youngest finalist at nationals, which makes her finish all the more impressive.

This year, Maya is more prepared than ever. She now knows that rare elements such as praseodymium most often have an “eo” instead of an “io”. But that doesn’t relieve some of the pressure she was already feeling heading in the Badger State competition. Not only was Maya concerned about holding onto her #1 spot, there is little relief to winning for a second time. Unlike last year when we had 8 Badgers (3 official and 5 wild cards) head to the national competition, this year Maya will be the only official Wisconsin entry at the podium at the end of May (there may be a few wild card entries).

We applaud Maya for her hard work and dedication as she continues to brush up on her way to the 2020 national competition.

photo: Greg Dixon, Wisconsin State Journal