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Twenty-one bright minds compete for the crown of Canada's best speller
Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT)

They've worked hard to get here, and they are about to battle against the best of their peers at the biggest competition of the year. This is not the NHL Playoffs, this is Postmedia Canspell 2012: Spelling Night in Canada - a one-hour prime-time event that will celebrate excellence in our young people and keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Spelling Night in Canada airs Sunday, April 1 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on CBC Television.

Open to students from Grade 4 to Grade 8, the 8th annual Postmedia Canspell competition began when a quarter of a million young Canadians took part in school spelling bees in January. From there, 21 finalists from schools across the country are squaring off for Spelling Night in Canada.

CBC Radio host Brent Bambury (Day 6) will join returning host and hockey broadcasting veteran Jim Hughson of CBC'S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA along with colour commentary from renowned expert Paul Loeffler (Scripps National Spelling Bee). Spelling Night in Canada takes the spelling bee format to the next level - with a fast-paced game-show style, celebrity hosts and commentators. CBC Books is partnering with Canspell 2012 to provide editorial content for the competitors.

New to this year's broadcast, the audience will have the chance to play along to find out if they can spell better than an eighth grader. To engage live, viewers can log into their Twitter accounts, listen to the words on television and reply to @SpellingNight with the correct spelling of the word. The person who spells the most words correctly during the course of the broadcast will win a prize. Players will also be able to see how many words they spelled correctly, and how they measure up against the rest of Canada.

Similarly on Facebook, leading up to the Spelling Night in Canada broadcast, over a thousand of the real words that are used in the competition will be released. Users are encouraged to play the Facebook Spelling Game to find out how many words they are able to spell correctly, while challenging friends to compete. Each round will generate a new set of 10 words, so competitors can keep learning and improving as they play. http://www.facebook.com/spellingnight


The winning super-speller will receive a $7,500 education award, courtesy of Egg Farmers of Canada. The second and third place spellers will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively, also courtesy EFC.  All three top spellers will go to represent Canada and their hometowns internationally at the renowned Scripps Bee in Washington, D.C. in June.

The 8th annual Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee Final takes place on Wednesday, March 28 at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in downtown Toronto where it will be taped in front of a live studio audience. Canadians can witness the edge-of-your-seat competition by tuning into Spelling Night in Canadaon April 1 at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT).

Spelling Night in Canada Contestant Information:

Kaleigh Beer, Grade 7, age 12  
Winning word:  ANABOLIC
Calgary, AB

Olivier Broussard, Grade 6, age 12  
Winning word:  QUIBBLE
Port Hawkesbury, NS

Matthew MacDonald, Grade 8, age 14
Winning word:  CALIBRATE
Kinkora, PEI

Jackson Hunter, Grade 7, age 12  
Winning word:  UMBILICATE
Sherwood Park, AB

Kyle Jordan, Grade 8, age 14   
Winning word:  WELLAWAY
Berwick, NS

Graham Abraham, Grade 8, age 13 
Winning word:  LATCHET
Kamloops, BC

Amy Janzen, Grade 7, age 12 
Winning word:  SOLACE
Coaldale, AB

Matitya Loran, Grade 8, age 13  
Winning word: VIABILITY
Cote St. Luc, QC

Sara Ferros, Grade 7, age 12    
Winning word:  MATERIALIZE
Toronto, ON

Veronica Penny, Grade 8, age 14   
Winning word:  TEMERITY
Rockland, ON

Chi Yan Lee, Grade 7, age 13   
Winning word: SCHADENFREUDE 
Penticton, BC

Logan O'Neill, Grade 7, age 12 
Winning word:  VINCIBLE
Prince George, BC

Alyssa Friesen, Grade 8 age 13
Winning word:  AUDIBLE
Regina, SK

Ishwar Desai, Grade 6, age 11  
Winning word:  OUST
Fredericton, NB

Jacklyn Spithoff Grade 7, age 13  
Winning word:  GARLAND
Murillo, ON

Jennifer Mong, Grade 8, age 12     
Winning word:  TOREADOR
St. John's, NL

Samara St. Louis, Grade 8 age 13 
Winning word:  EFFACE
Saskatoon, SK

David Underhill, Grade 8, age 13  
Winning word:  PYROMANIAC
Victoria, BC

Mignon Tsai, Grade 7, age 12
Winning word:  STABILIZER; 
Abbotsford, BC

Zhongtian Wang, Grade 6, age 11   
Winning word:  FRANGIBLE:
Windsor, ON

Eric Lin, Grade 8, age 13    
Winning word:  NEONATOLOGY
Brandon, MB


Spelling Night in Canada is available:
Online: http://www.cbc.ca/spelling/  
On Twitter: @SpellingNight #spellingnight
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/spellingnight

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