Spell-abra­tion time

Cape Bre­ton Post Canwest Canspell Re­gional Spell­ing Bee takes place Satur­day.

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY GREG MCNEIL gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — Sel­dom used words like eu­rys­tom­a­tous and gas­trostege briefly made their way into the gen­eral pub­lic’s vo­cab­u­lary last year. The rea­son was the Cape Bre­ton

Post Canwest Canspell Re­gional Spell­ing Bee and its 2009 cham­pion Clau­dine Brous­sard.

She ut­tered and at­tempted to spell those and nu­mer­ous oth­ers words on her way to a Top 3 fin­ish among all Cana­dian spellers last year.

Brous­sard will be back at the podium Satur­day try­ing to re­peat as Cape Bre­ton cham­pion.

She’ll be joined by her younger sis­ter Paryse and 46 other stu­dents in Grades 4-8 in com­pe­ti­tion at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity.

“ You can’t help but cross your fin­gers for ev­ery speller that goes up to the mi­cro­phone,” said Diane MacIn­nis, who is ex­cited about her sec­ond year as bee co-or­di­na­tor.

“All the chil­dren are great and should be very proud of them­selves for mak­ing it to our re­gional spell­ing bee.”

Spellers se­lected to com­pete this week­end were tops amongst 3,000 stu­dent com­peti­tors from Syd­ney to Port Hawkes­bury and all points in be­tween.

Not only should chil­dren be com­mended for reach­ing this level, MacIn­nis said their teach­ers should also be cel­e­brated for help­ing them get there.

“If we don’t have teach­ers, be­cause this is some­thing ex­tra they have to do, then we don’t have the spellers. I thank the teach­ers who took the ex­tra time to have th­ese bees.” She also ap­plauded the nu­mer­ous other vol­un­teers who give their time to the event. Satur­day’s com­peti­tors will vie for the re­gional cham­pi­onship, a $5,000 Canwest Canspell Ed­u­ca­tion award, and a chance to ad­vance to the next level. Lo­cal bees will also take place in 20 other cities across Canada. At the end of March, re­gional win­ners will travel on Air Canada to the na­tional fi­nal to com­pete for the $15,000 ed­u­ca­tion award.

The Cape Bre­ton bee starts at 11 a.m. at the Board­more Play­house at CBU. The gen­eral pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend.

Steve Wad­den - Cape Bre­ton Post

Diane MacIn­nis, co-or­di­na­tor of the Cape Bre­ton Post Canwest Canspell Re­gional Spell­ing Bee, packs gift bags for par­tic­i­pants in the spell­ing bee that will take place Satur­day at the Board­more Play­house at CBU.

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