March 03, 2008 14:21 ET

Canada Post: Enchant Student Wins Spot in CanSpell Spelling Bee Finals in Ottawa

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - Ten year old Tegan Odland, a Grade 5 student at Enchant School in Enchant, Alberta outspelled students from 33 Southern Alberta schools on Saturday, March 1 to win a place in the national finals of the CanSpell Spelling Bee. The finals will be held in Ottawa April 16 - 20.

Tegan, who competed against 42 top spellers aged 9 to 14, claimed spelling superstardom with the successful spelling of the championship word - decrement - meaning the act or process of decreasing or becoming gradually less.

It was the second spelling bee for Odland who finished seventh in the regional finals last year. She and runner up 12-year old Alissa Going, a Grade 7 student at Vauxhall High School competed for numerous rounds until Odland claimed victory.

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, and as a result there will be no fee for schools or spellers at any point in the CanSpell program.

Contact Information

  • Sandra Sobko
    Manager of Media and Community Affairs, Southern Alberta