Daines Honors Montanan of the Week: Aidan Veress of Park County

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today recognized 14-year-old Aidan Veress for winning the Treasure State Spelling Bee for the second year in a row.

Aiden Veress

Daines’ recognition in the Congressional Record is available here. 

Through his “Montanan of the Week” initiative, Daines each week will highlight a Montanan by submitting a statement of recognition in the official Congressional Record, the document that reflects the official proceedings of Congress.

Daines welcomes anyone to nominate fellow Montanans for Daines’ “Montanan of the Week” program by calling Daines’ office at 202-224-2651 or by filling out the contact form on Daines’ website: http://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

The following is the statement submitted to the Congressional Record: 


Mr. President, this week I have the honor of recognizing 14-year-old Aidan Veress for winning the Treasure State Spelling Bee for the second year in a row. Aidan is no stranger to success when it comes to spelling. He has competed in spelling bees since the second grade and has won the Park County Spelling Bee three years in a row.

When asked about his preparation for success, Aidan talks about his love for reading. Beyond memorization of words, Aidan also studies pronunciation, the definitions, and even the rules for various languages. His advice for younger Montanans who wish to win spelling bees is this: read often, study by yourself and with friends, properly enunciate, push yourself to grow your vocabulary, and stay calm.

Aidan dreams of going to college one day and perhaps even working in a STEM field, but for right now he’s busy reading, hiking, camping, traveling, playing basketball and video games, and making Montana proud. This two-time state champ will represent Montana in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. this May. Congratulations, Aidan, you make us Montana proud!