Kathryn Wantlin, 12, is this year's Kanawha County spelling bee champion. As a seventh-grader at Charleston Catholic, Kathryn splits her time between studying for both the spelling bee and math field day and practicing the piano, all while maintaining her grades. She will compete in the regional bee March 17 at Capital High School.
Lauren Coccari, 12, was runner-up in the Kanawha County bee and, like Kathryn, will advance to the regional competition. Lauren is a seventh-grader at Sissonville Middle School.