Sarnia’s smartest kid hopeful won’t spill the beans
Liam Henderson in the cast of Canada’s Smartest Person Junior TV show
Sarnia’s Liam Henderson already knows if he won the title of Canada’s smartest kid, but he’s not telling.
The 11-year-old Sarnia resident is one of a dozen cast members in the television show, Canada’s Smartest Person Junior, premiering Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. on CBC.
The show, scheduled to air over the coming six weeks, was shot during August in Toronto with 12 Canadian youngsters, ages nine to 12, competing for the title.
“I’m not going to be able to tell you who won,” Liam said earlier this week from his home in Sarnia. “You’re just going to have to tune in each Wednesday from 8 p.m. to find out.”
Not saying how he did “is actually kind of tough,” Liam admitted.
The show is based on an earlier CBC Canada’s Smartest Person Contest program.
Henderson, who is in Grade 6 at Errol Road Public School, applied to be part of the contest to pick a junior winner and was selected after successfully making his way through tests and interviews.
“It’s fun to be a celebrity,” Liam said about the notoriety that has come with being on the show.
His mom, Trish Henderson, said Liam’s very outgoing, which sets him apart from herself, a stayat-home mom who worked at Ethyl Canada, and his dad, Randy Henderson, who works at Nova Chemicals.
“We’re a very quiet family,” she said.
Liam said that when the call came that he had been selected for the show, he worried it might interfere with his role of Augustus Gloop in the Rebound Act II theatre program’s recent production of Willy Wonka.
But he said they spoke the folks at Rebound and he was able to juggle the schedules and be in both shows.
“The Act II team said, ‘Go right ahead – this is a fantastic opportunity,’” he said.
Liam also plays piano and drums, has a near-photographic memory and is aiming for a career as either a sports broadcaster or prime minister.
“I have a big passion for hockey and baseball,” Liam said. “I play both sports, along with karate and curling.”
Liam said he understands building a successful career in sports broadcasting may not be easy, but added, “I’m a tough kid; I can subdue anything.”
As for politics, Liam said he has already begun putting together an election platform.
“I’m really confident I’ll make a good prime minister,” he said.
Sarnia's Liam Henderson, 11, stands outside Errol Road Public School where he's in Grade 6. Liam is a contestant in the television show Canada's Smartest Person Junior, premiering Nov. 14 on CBC.