Sunday, March 1, 2009

How Do You Spell Jonathan... "WINNER"...

He's done it again... and that's pretty impressive and I expect he'll be a lot more confident as he heads to Washington this year. But there is also a lot of pressure on the kids and if you want to get an appreciation of that pressure there is a movie that was done back in 2003 called “Spellbound” that actually starred a bunch of the real participants. It's not a movie I would have ran out to see but I was stuck on a flight from Mexico with nothing else to watch so I was presently surprised once I did… in fact I thought it was so good that I came home and talked the Princess into renting it and watching it again... I've attached a review of the movie from my most trust movie review site Rotten Tomatoes and they gave it a very high rating so if you want to get a preview of what Jonathan's up against you should rent this movie. All the best to Jonathan and let's all hope that he makes it into the finals and we get to see him in "live" action as the finals are always televised. Here’s my post from last year…
Could you spell that, please?
There are two words in the English language that Jonathan Schut may remember for sometime to come – discrimination and divulge – the last two words he spelled correctly to secure him his third straight Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee 2009 hosted by The Guardian Saturday at UPEI.
There were 21 contestants at the beginning of the “bee” and by the start of the final round only Jonathan and Matthew MacDonald were left standing. Matthew did not spell his word correctly so Jonathan had to correctly spell discrimination as his word in the final round and to win the title he spelled divulge.
Jonathan is a grade eight student at Grace Christian School in Charlottetown and Matthew is in grade five at Somerset Elementary in Bedeque.
Jonathan is now off to the Canwest Canspell National Spelling Bee in Gatineau/Ottawa April 14-18. He and the other Canadian winners will compete internationally at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.
Beside the trips and a neat trophy Jonathan takes home $5,000 to go toward his future education.

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