Gazette-Mail Spelling Bee
Lauren said she did not expect to win. Each time she approached the microphone, she just wanted to be spared for another round.
As the regional champ, she will travel to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Lauren, her mom and her dad, Gene, all are excited about the weeklong trip.
Lauren said she has seen a little of the nationally televised event before, and the words "sound really hard." But she plans to keep plugging away at her training between now and the event, slated for the end of May.
After making it to the 10th round, Kathryn sat with her mother in the back of the Capital High School auditorium. The rivalry between her and Lauren has been a friendly one.
Although Kathryn was disappointed that she left out the middle "a" and missed "quesadilla" - a word she swears she knew - she was happy that Lauren won.
"I hope she does good in the nationals," she said as her mom, Shalee, nodded and smiled in agreement.
In addition to qualifying for the national bee, Lauren received a $2,500 college savings plan from the SMART529 program run by the West Virginia Treasurer's Office; the Samuel Louis Sugarman award of a 2013 U.S. Mint Proof Set; a one-year subscription to Encyclopedia Britannica Online; and a Webster's Third New International Dictionary.
For placing second, Teresa won $150 in cash and a Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Su Su, the third-place winner, won $75 in cash.
The regional bee will be televised by WSAZ's myZ TV at 1 p.m. March 30.