Spelling BEE competition held in West Salem

Spelling BEE competition held in West Salem

WEST SALEM, Wis. (WKBT) - Our area's best spellers are putting their skills to the test.

39 students from 21 schools competed in the CESA 4 Regional Spelling BEE Monday morning in West Salem.

Students spell-out increasingly difficult words in the single elimination competition.

WKBT's News Director and Station Manager Anne Paape was one of the judges for the event.

It isn't always the words you would expect that trip up the competitors.

"Some common words, you would think would be easy to spell, but there might be a vowel in there or a silent consonant and those are the ones that are usually missed," said CESA 4 Regional Spelling BEE director Jim Welander.

Holmen Middle School's Harsimranpreet Virk won the spelling bee, after spelling the word pentathlon.

Four other students from area schools will join Virk in advancing to the Badger State Spelling Bee next month in Madison.

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