March 10, 2008 12:18 ET

Canada Post: Calgary Speller Wins Spelling Championship... Again

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2008) - Cody Wang, a Grade 8 student at John Ware Junior High School in Calgary, outspelled 50 students from Calgary schools this past Saturday to emerge as the city's top speller. The win guarantees Wang a place in the national finals of the CanSpell Spelling Bee in Ottawa April 16 - 20.

The competition was held at the University of Calgary's MacEwan Hall.

A sense of deja vu marked the competition. Not only did Wang capture the championship for the second year in a row, he dueled again for the title with last year's runner-up Jacob Strucken from West Island College. Wang won by correctly spelling the word frankincense - a tree resin used in religious ceremonies.

This marks the second year of Canada Post's continuing partnership with the CanSpell program," says Sandra Sobko, Manager of Media and Community Affairs for Canada Post in Southern Alberta. "Our partnership with CanSpell demonstrates the Canada Post's continued commitment to supporting literacy and a lifetime of learning. We're thrilled to once again be associated with this very positive initiative that makes spelling fun!"

The 2008 bee season is in full swing with some 250,000 students expected to participate at the entry-level point through thousands of registered schools in Canada's 10 provinces. Canada Post, as part of its presenting partner status, is paying the international registration fee for all Canadian schools.

Contact Information

  • Sandra Sobko
    Manager of Media and Community Affairs