Cape Breton at Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee

March 28, 2012

CapeBretonPost Published on March 27, 2012

Olivier Broussard, 12, of Port Hawkesbury will take the stage Wednesday at the Postmedia Canspell National Spelling Bee at the CBC in downtownToronto.

The home-schooled student is among 21 competitors from across the country who will vie for a $7,500 education award courtesy of the Egg Farmers of Canada.

The second- and third-place spellers will receive $5,000 and $2,500 respectively.

Olivier is the third member of his family to compete in the competition, dubbed “Spelling Night inCanada.”

His sister Paryse Broussard won the regional bee in 2011. His oldest sister Claudine Broussard was theCapeBretonchampion in 2009 and 2010.

Olivier won the 2012 regional bee in February after outlasting 11-year-old MacKenzie Sechi of Mountainview Elementary, who was among the final two spellers for the second year in a row

As part of his win, Olivier already picked up a $5,000 bursary from the Egg Farmers of Canada.

 Broussard, who misspelled his first championship word, correctly spelled “quibble” to win the title.

 The hour-long national bee will be broadcast on CBC on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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