UXBRIDGE: 16 year-old Uxbridge Secondary School student Gwyneth Foster will be one of the contestants competing for the title of Canada’s Smartest Person, on an upcoming episode of the CBC television series.
Ms. Foster will be competing in the third episode of the season, airing this Sunday, Nov. 27th. She will face off with a lawyer from Calgary, a speech and debate coach from Vancouver, a millennial consultant from Toronto, a professional rugby player from Calgary, and a math tutor and entrepreneur from Toronto. The winner of the episode will move on to the finale, set for Sunday, Dec. 18th.
The series sees candidates from across the country take part in challenges representing six categories of intelligence: musical, social, physical, logical, linguistic and visual.
Ms. Foster said when she first applied to the show, she did not expect to be chosen as a contestant.
“I was watching TV with my sister and I saw a casting call, and she jokingly said I should apply, and it went from there,” she recalled.
Gwyneth is the only high school student competing in this year’s edition of the show.
“I was terrified when I met all of the other [contestants]. They were all adults with real jobs, and I am not,” she said.
She also spoke about how she prepared for the competition.
“I watched a lot of the episodes beforehand to get a feel for the questions, and I practiced using the app as well ”.
Ms. Foster said her dream is to one day work for NASA, specifically in the engineering or robotics fields, and that she has always been interested in math and science.
As well as her academic interests, Ms. Foster has competed as a member of her high school’s cross country and mountain biking teams, and is also a member of the school’s rowing team.
“I love the personal challenge and the accomplishments, seeing yourself get better from one race to the next,” she said enthusiastically.
In addition, the local high school student has been teaching cooking classes at Zehrs since she was 12 years of age.
The episode will air on CBC on Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.