Speller No. 77, Kaelyn Reigh Bender
Sponsor:
The Journal Gazette, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Grade:
Eighth Grade

Age:
17

School:
St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic School, Avilla, Indiana

Profile:

A member of 4-H, Kaelyn lives on a small cattle farm and participates in raising, showing and judging livestock. She also shows sheep and horses, including her mare, Hope. Kaelyn's pets include two dogs named Otis and Sophie, two cats named Jones and Curtis, a gelding named Red Pepsi, and a variety of baby calves, Black Angus cattle and crossbred show heifers. When she grows up, Kaelyn plans to stay actively involved in farming and agriculture and wants to pursue a career in veterinarian pharmaceutical sales. She likes The Hunger Games – both the book and movie – and loves country music, especially singer-songwriter Hunter Hayes. Kaelyn also competed in the 2012 Scripps National Spelling Bee.