Hardin Park sixth-grader Clara Lappan was the winner in the Watauga County Schools district-wide spelling bee held Oct. 18.

Clara correctly spelled “Marathon” and “Autumn” to secure victory.

Zeke Walker from Green Valley secured the runner-up spot in the contest.

The top-speller in each school gets invited to compete at the WCS central office. In addition to Lappan and Walker, this year’s contestants were: Liliana Wyatt of Bethel, Iris Westerman of Blowing Rock, A.J. McAulay of Cove Creek, Mark Spaulding of Mabel, Ben Baublitz of Parkway and Grant Painter of Valle Crucis.

With her victory at the county level, Lappan will go on to represent the district at the regional level in the spring.