March 06, 2008 13:30 ET

Canada Post: Local Spellers Will Buzz Off... to Ottawa to Compete in National Championship

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - Samara Blakeney from Sydney (NS), Jonathan Schut from Charlottetown (PEI), and Bethany Dickey from Halifax (NS), will represent Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island at the national finals of the CanSpell Spelling Bee. The finals will take place in Ottawa, April 16-20, 2008.

Samara, a grade 6 student at Cape Smokey Elementary School, has competed against the top spellers from 28 local schools but spelling superstardom was hers with the successful spelling of: affirmative! Jonathan, a grade 7 student at Grace Christian School, has competed against spellers from 32 schools and won the local contest by spelling the word: metamorphosis! Bethany, a grade 8 student at Bicentennial Jr. High, has competed against spellers from 35 schools and won the local contest by spelling the word: beguile.

"This marks year two of Canada Post's continuing partnership with the CanSpell program," says Genevieve Latour, External Communications Manager at Canada Post. "Our partnership with CanSpell demonstrates the post office's continued commitment to supporting literacy and a lifetime of learning. We are 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 ten 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.


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