Three Win­nipeg­gers vy­ing for Smartest Per­son crown

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

CANADA’S smartest per­son is be­tween the ages of 16 and 71, re­sides some­where be­tween Vic­to­ria, B.C. and Cole Har­bour, N.S., and could be a fighter pi­lot, a cheese sales­man, a physi­cist, a poet, a for­mer Olympian, an ortho­pe­dic sur­geon or a poker-play­ing fire­fighter. Oh, and there’s a de­cent chance that he or she might be from Win­nipeg. CBC re­leased the roster of fi­nal­ists for the up­com­ing Sun­day se­ries Canada’s Smartest Per­son, and the field of 32 non-knuck­le­headed Canucks vy­ing for the ti­tle in­cludes three from Win­nipeg: Alea Ciecko, a 23-year-old psy­chi­atric nurs­ing stu­dent; Cat Jahnke, 33, a mu­si­cian; and Melanie Martin, a 40-year-old physi­cist and as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of physics and ra­di­ol­ogy. The youngest con­tes­tant in the Smartest Per­son field is Nader Naderne­jad, a 16-year-old stu­dent from Peter­bor­ough, Ont., and the old­est is George Mil­lar, a 71-year-old teacher from Ed­mon­ton. In each episode of Canada’s Smartest Per­son, which pre­mières Sept. 28 on CBC, four con­tes­tants will face off in a se­ries of chal­lenges that test six ar­eas of in­tel­li­gence: lin­guis­tic, phys­i­cal, mu­si­cal, visual, so­cial and log­i­cal. One win­ner from each week’s show will ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship fi­nale, in which the Top 8 will com­pete for the ti­tle of Canada’s Smartest Per­son. The se­ries, co-hosted by Jessi Cruick­shank and Jeff Dou­glas, is based on the The­ory of Mul­ti­ple In­tel­li­gences. View­ers will be in­vited to play along, ei­ther by down­load­ing the Canada’s Smartest Per­son app or by fol­low­ing on­line at cbc.ca/smartest­per­son.

BEN ROTH­STEIN / TWEN­TI­ETH CEN­TURY FOX

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