Some of the top young spellers in Northern California battled it out at the 16th Annual Record Searchlight Scripps Spelling Bee in Redding on Saturday.
About 35 students from all over the Norhtstate took the stage at Sequoia Middle School.
The 2014 winner was 11-year-old Patrizzia Fox-Beaudet from University Preparatory School in Redding.
This is her second time taking first place in the regional competition.
The young winner said it takes a lot of hard work to get where she is.
“It's not instinctual, you have to actually work for it. Every body does,” she said. Adding there are many techniques to learn including “word rules, roots, stuff like that. That can help you if you don't know words.”
Fox-Beaudet earned herself an expenses-paid trip to the 87th Annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. at the end of May.
She’ll compete against about 275 other spellers from across the nation for a chance to win more than $25,000.
She also gets a cool $100 cash along with some gold coins.
Incidentally, the deciding word was “fantoccini” which is a puppet show using puppets operated by strings or mechanical devices.
Spellers at the competition ranged from 9-years-old to 14-years-old.
They came from as far away as Lassen, Del Norte, and Trinity Counties. Of course there were locals from Shasta, Tehama and Butte counties on hand as well.
The yearly event draws a good sized crowd of supporters and this one was no different.