The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman announced the winner of its Adventures in Citizenship competition at a luncheon recently.
The Adventures in Citizenship programme has been in place in Cayman for four years and is intended to encourage the participants to take up leading roles in the community.
Programme coordinator Isy Obi, said the programme provides high school students in Cayman the opportunity to learn more about Cayman’s system of government and interact with leading government officials.
Each participating student submitted an essay, with the top student from each school being selected as a finalist.
The essay topic was ‘My Cayman’ and drew very different submissions from the finalists.
The finalists in the competition included representatives from each of the six high schools in Cayman, including Melanie Bush from Cayman International School, Malcolm Hurlstone from Cayman Brach High School, Shantal Martika Miller from Triple C High School, Max Parton from Cayman Prep High School, Sheyla Torres from John Grey High School and Jordyn Taylor Williams from St. Ignatius High School.
The finalists took part in a two day learning experience during which they visited the Legislative Assembly, met with senior judges at the Grand Court, had lunch with the governor and had a meeting with the cabinet secretary.
The winner of the competition, Max Parton of Cayman Prep, wrote his essay from the viewpoint of a Grand Cayman Blue Iguana, illustrating its struggles to cope with the changes in its environment.
‘It is a big deal – I didn’t know I was going to win anything and was kind of surprised by the whole thing,’ he said.
Mr. Parton found his participation in the programme very educational.
‘Just by writing the essay I could see how Cayman has changed so much,’ he said.
‘Even though we are a small island we are still part of the world, we are not isolated.’
The winner received a laptop computer, sponsored by Royal Bank of Canada. All finalists received awards and prizes sponsored by Massive Equipment Rental and Sales and CML Offshore Recruitment.