CBC Television Searches For Canada's Super Speller

Beginning Monday, Sept. 14, At 8 P.M.

Premiering Monday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m., CBC Television presents CANADA’S SUPER SPELLER—a dynamic new take on the classic spelling bee. The five-episode series sees 12 finalists, who beat out hundreds of kids across the country, throw down their dictionaries and face off in an intense display of spelling prowess. Only four will make it to the final episode where they will battle it out for a grand prize and the ultimate title of CANADA’S SUPER SPELLER!

Hosted by CBC’s Evan Solomon (CBC News: Sunday), the entertaining and educational one-hour episodes will determine which contestant’s performance ultimately spells S-U-C-C-E-S-S! The winner will receive a $20,000 RESP courtesy of the Canadian Egg Marketing Agency and a prize package from Acadia University. “Canada’s Super Speller is an exciting and entertaining event for the entire family to enjoy,” said Kirstine Stewart, CBC Television’s general manager, English Services. “This series offers a good challenge for both kids and adults to have fun with their words and test their literacy.”

In March 2008, thousands of Canadian kids answered the Super Speller online challenge. From there, 400 qualified to take part in the local spelldowns that took place in 33 communities across the country. Only 48 spellers emerged to compete in the regional competitions. From this elite group, 12 extraordinary kids won the opportunity to travel to the Spell Dome at Acadia University, in Wolfville, N.S., to compete for the ultimate prize.

The top 12 are listed below:

Name: Bhavish Beejan
Age: 11
Hometown: Ville St. Laurent
Province: Que.
Qualifying Words: Jubilant and sagacity

Name: Claudine Broussard
Age: 12
Hometown: Port Hawkesbury
Province: N.S.
Qualifying Words: Trachea, germane and mnemonic

Name: Matthew Connelly
Age: 11
Hometown: Victoria
Province: B.C.
Qualifying Words: Benevolent, curmudgeon, periphery

Name: Lindsay Cormier
Age: 12
Hometown: Moncton
Province: N.B.
Qualifying Words: Rigorous and alpaca

Name: Taylor Elliott
Age: 11
Hometown: Whitehorse
Province: YK
Qualifying Words: Galaxy and malice

Name: Preetha Gopalakrishnan
Age: 10
Hometown: Calgary
Province: Alta.
Qualifying Words: Pituitary, baroque, maraschino and vigilante

Name: Ben Ireland
Age: 11
Hometown: Jasper
Province: Ont.
Qualifying Words: Chanteuse, escargot, and pachyderm

Name: Mikayla Kitchen
Age: 12
Hometown: Saskatoon
Province: Sask.
Qualifying Words: Rhapsody, postulate and chloride

Name: Christian Legge
Age: 12
Hometown: South Dildo
Province: NL.
Qualifying Words: Unanimous

Name: Matthew MacDonald
Age: 10
Hometown: Kinkora
Province: P.E.I.
Qualifying Words: Marathon and skeleton

Name: Katie Martin
Age: 12
Hometown: Toronto
Province: Ont.
Qualifying Words: Enmity, ascension

Name: Julie Thiessen
Age: 11
Hometown: Winnipeg
Province: Man.
Qualifying Words: Nautical, piccolo and piquant

Below are the episode summaries:

Monday, Sept. 14
In the opening episode, the top 12 compete in a series of exciting spelldowns. At the end, only 10 will advance to the next round.

Tuesday, Sept. 15

Each of the 10 contestants who qualified will square off once again, and in the end, two more will be eliminated.

Wednesday, Sept. 16
During this round of the competition, the qualifying eight spellers begin to feel the heat. Only six will remain when the spelling challenges are completed.

Thursday, Sept. 17
In the prelude to the final episode, nerves are at an all time high as the six remaining spellers edge closer to the grand finale. Only four will advance to compete for the coveted title

Friday, Sept 18 (final episode)
In the Spell-tacular finale, the four remaining competitors spell it out for the Grand Prize—a  $20,000 RESP and the coveted title of Canada’s Super Speller.

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