Congratulations Aiden Wijeyakulasuriya, You Make Wisconsin Proud

Badger State Spelling Bee winner Aiden Wijeyakulasuriya, left, a student at Madison’s Blessed Sacrament School, and runner-up Finn Siegl-Gesin cheer with their trophies after Saturday’s unconventional competition at Madison Youth Arts Center. SAMANTHA MADAR, STATE JOURNAL

There is no more joy that comes from blogging than when able to praise the efforts of smart people, better yet when they are school students who focus and strive for success.  As many are now aware Madison’s top speller for two years running, Aiden Wijeyakulasuriya, emerged as the winner of Saturday’s Badger State Spelling Bee. 

The 12-year-old now proceeds to the National Spelling on the East Coast in late May.  Over the years I have been so proud of his efforts and this year he made for more smiles after he spelled all 10 words correctly in a written test to determine the champion.

It goes without saying there is every reason to also salute this weekend’s runner-up, Finn Siegl-Gesin, a seventh-grader who spelled six of the words correctly.  America will be in very good hands as the decades roll along with the Aidens and Finns of their generation taking the reins of society.  Education matters and it looks especially good with smiles on the faces of students. Congratulations!

One thought on “Congratulations Aiden Wijeyakulasuriya, You Make Wisconsin Proud

  1. Cornelius_Gotchberg

    H/T to parents, and by extension their progeny, who value and emphasize education-n-learning.

    Heh! Were Aiden’s last name to be a competition word, he’d be IN_LIKE_FLINT!

    The Gotch

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