A student from Gold Hill Middle School won the district’s spelling bee Friday by correctly spelling “Fantoccini.”

Mritika Senthil (pictured at right) was named the winner out of 29 students who participated in the Fort Mill School District Spelling Bee. The runner up was Andrew McCloskey (pictured below), also from Gold Hill Middle School.

“We had representatives from all grade levels from each of our five middle schools competing today,” Chief Communications Officer Joe Burke told the Fort Mill Sun.

As winner, Mritika will now move on to the regional competition to be held in Charlotte.

In case you didn’t know, Fantoccini is a noun that means “a puppet show using puppets operated by strings or mechanical devices.”

Students qualified for the FMSD spelling bee by winning their middle school’s competition. Two students from each grade (6-8) qualified for the spelling bee, school officials said.

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The winner of the district-wide Spelling Bee qualifies for the regional competition hosted by The Charlotte Observer. The winner of that competition qualifies for the national spelling bee in Washington, DC.

The Fort Mill School District Spelling Bee was held Friday morning in the Training and Support Center.

Photo credit: Fort Mill School District.

Greg "Ricky Bobby" Rickabaugh has lived in the Fort Mill and York County community since 2006. He has covered the area while a reporter for The Charlotte Observer and a freelance writer for The Fort Mill...

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