Corning, N.Y. — Spelling bee co-champion Sriram Hathwar, from Painted Post, met with Rep. Tom Reed Monday.

Hathwar, his mother and Reed were at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning. Hathwar goes to middle school there.

The Corning Leader reported:

National spelling bee co-champion Sriram Hathwar’s life is not quite back to normal yet.

He calls it a “twisted normal.”

He’s back home after a whirlwind media tour – at least until he leaves soon to spend three weeks with family in India.

“I’m … glad it is kind of getting back to normal,” Hathwar said.

But he made time Monday morning for one visitor he couldn’t say no to: his congressman, Tom Reed.

Reed visited Hathwar, 14, of Painted Post, at the Alternative School for Math and Science in Corning, where he’s attended middle school. Next year he’ll be going to the newly-combined Corning-Painted Post High School.

The congressman presented Hathwar with a plaque displaying the text of the official proclamation he made for the House record honoring his achievement in winning the Scripps National Spelling Bee May 29.

Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.