Speller No. 24, Audrey M. Bantug
Contra Costa Times, Walnut Creek, California
Iron Horse Middle School, San Ramon, California
Audrey enjoys Tae Kwon Do, plays the clarinet and piano, and participates in the writing club and symphonic band at her school. She is also a member of the St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and acts as an altar server there. But it's reading and writing that really ignite her passion. Her favorite book is The Mark of Athena, the third installment of The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan, and she would love to become a writer herself one day. Fluent in Tagalog, Audrey is making her first trip to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee.