Speller No. 24, Laura Newcombe
Sponsor:
National Post, Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Grade:
Eighth Grade

Age:
17

School:
Deer Park Public School, Toronto, Ontario

Profile:

Laura loves writing, especially short stories, and aspires to be a writer. She also likes singing, dancing, drawing, reading and origami. She recently began taking swim classes because it is one of her favorite pastimes, and she is learning Mandarin and French. Laura frequently volunteers with her school’s charitable organization. Her favorite book is The Host by Stephenie Meyer, and she is an avid fan of anything Japanese, especially manga. Laura tied for 17th place in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee and tied for 5th place in the 2010 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Her sister Leslie participated in the 2006 Scripps National Spelling Bee.