February 27, 2008 11:12 ET

Fort Mcmurray Speller Wins Spot in Canspell Spelling Bee Finals in Ottawa

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2008) - Austin Davis, a grade 7 student at Ecole Dickinsfield School in Fort McMurray, outspelled 68 other students to win a place in the national finals of the CanSpell Spelling Bee. The finals will be held in Ottawa between April 16 - 20.

Austin competed on February 23 in Edmonton against top spellers from Northern Alberta. Spelling superstardom was his with the successful spelling of a word he'd never heard before - doughty - meaning valiant or marked by fearless resolution.

This marks the second year of Canada Post's continuing partnership with the CanSpell program," says Teresa Williams, Manager of Media and Community Affairs for Canada Post in Northern 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 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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