A year-nine student of Heritage High School took the top place in the preliminary round of the high school-level Lions Club British American Insurance spelling bee competition Monday.
The participating students aced the spelling of difficult words ranging from aqueduct to xenophobia. Spelling before a panel of judges, the students were supported by a hushed audience of teachers, parents and family members at the Prospect Primary School Hall, states a GIS press release.
First place went to Renee Lindo of Heritage High (George Hicks campus); second place to Joshua Dilbert of Cayman Brac High School; third to Malcolm Hurlston also of Cayman Brac High School; and fourth to Tomas DeCou of Triple C.
Each of the participating schools has entered a well-prepared team of student spellers. In the first round of competition, the traditionally-strong Brac team won in overall points, and the Heritage High team came second. The other students participating last evening were Tawny Douglas, Shemika Gooding, Dushun Wilson, Patrice Stewart, Cristal Samaroo, Alanna Smith, Zachary Jones, Justin Jacky and Michelle Miller.
The high-school level eliminations continued Tuesday at the Prospect Primary School.
Thereafter, the top three finalists from each night will vie for a laptop and other prizes at the grand finale, to be held Tuesday, 28 November, at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall starting at 6.30 pm.
In addition, the primary school-level competitions – sponsored again by Royal Bank of Canada – also kicked off this week on Cayman Brac Wednesday at the Aston Rutty Centre.
The primary school bees then continue today at Bodden Town Primary Hall; on Friday, 3 November, at Mary Miller Memorial Hall; and on Monday, 6 November, at John A. Cumber Primary School Hall. All these events on Grand Cayman begin at 6.30pm.
The primary-level grand finale will be held Wednesday, 29 November, at the Mary Miller Memorial Hall, at 6.30pm.
The public is invited to attend to support the schools and the participants.