Fantoccini. It's the Italian name for a marionette puppet show. And it's a name that likely just a handful of North State residents could spell on the spot. One of those people is 11-year-old Patrizzia Fox-Beaudet.
Now, Fox-Beaudet is on her way to Washington D.C after the University Preparatory School 7th grader won the 16th Annual Record Searchlight Scripps Spelling Bee in Redding on Saturday.
Thirty-five students from all over the North State battled out the regional war of words at Sequoia Middle School.
Fox-Beaudet correctly spelled "nenuphar," a water lily and fantoccini to win. She already has a 2012 regional spelling bee championship and a second place finish last year under her belt.
Thirteen-year-old Meah Bush, an eighth grader from Shasta Lake School and 13-year-old Maris Huisman, an eighth-grader from North Cow Creek School, took second and third place, respectively.
Fox-Beaudet now heads to the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. where she will compete against about 275 other spellers from across the nation for a chance to win more than $25,000.
This year's Scripss National Spelling begins May 25.