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