Spelling bees continue this week

Demonstrations of children’s literacy in the form of the Lions Club Spelling Bee and Royal Bank’s Primary School Spelling Bee competitions will culminate in final eliminations this week.

Primary and high-school students will compete for trophies, computers and other rewards over two evenings: The Lions Club’s Spelling Bee will be held at 630pm today and the Royal Bank’s Primary School Spelling Bee will be at 6:30pm Wednesday.

Both events will be at the Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay, states a press release.

These two annual spelling bees are coordinated by the Education Department, with the significant support and sponsorship of the private sector – namely the Lions Club and Royal Bank. It is expected that school principals, staff and classmates, as well as relatives of the students and the public, will similarly support the children.

The two spelling bees have been described by the Education Department’s Senior Education Officer Herbert Crawford as a resounding success.

Schools participated fully and the standards are extremely high, he said.

He congratulated the finalists, expressed thanks to the schools, parents, sponsors, judges, and those who attended the initial rounds and encourages even greater public support for the finals this week.

High School Semi-Final results

At the semi-final event for the senior-level spelling Lions’ competition, last year’s champion school – Cayman Brac High – took the overall lead with 51 points, and are followed by Heritage High (44), Pace High (38), and Triple C (35).

The students, who were the top three winners from the semi-final rounds, will vie for a laptop and other prizes at Tuesday’s grand finale. They are:

Division I: Renee Lindo, Heritage High (21 points); Cayman Brac High’s Joshua Dilbert (20) and Malcolm Hurlston (18).

Division II: Stuart Jennings, St. Ignatius (17 points); Kiah Estwick, Cayman Prep (16); and Alexandra Franklyn, New Horizons (15).

Primary School Semi-Final results

On Wednesday, younger students will compete in Royal Bank’s Primary School Spelling Bee.

Following the elimination competition, Prospect and Bodden Town primary schools tied for the top place with 48 points each, followed closely by Creek Primary with 46 points, East End Primary with 43 points, and John A Cumber Primary (West Bay) with 40 points.

Following are the primary-level finalists, along with the individual points they received, and the overall school points attained at the preliminaries:

Division I: Luciano Lazzari, Creek/Spot Bay (18 points); Hayley Grizzell, West End Primary (16 points); and Anthony Rivers, Creek/Spot Bay (15 points).

Division II: Moesha Ramsay-Howell, Bodden Town (18 points); Jonathan Juggi, Bodden Town (17 points); and Japhia Augustine, East End, (17 points).

Division III: Ashley McLean, Prospect (18 points); Britaney Thompson, Prospect (17 points); and Felicia Connor, Truth for Youth (15 points).

Division IV: Bernnard Ebanks, John A. Cumber (17 points); Ryan Burke, Grace Christian (15 points); and Candice Harrison, Cayman Academy (14 points).

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