Adventures in Citizenship 
essay contest seeks entries

Deadline for submitting essays is 28 February

The Rotary Club of Grand Cayman is looking for entries for its annual Adventures in Citizenship essay competition.

The competition, now in its sixth year, promotes literacy in the community and also an understanding of what it means to be a citizen of the Cayman Islands. The contest is open to all high school juniors (Year 11 students) in both public and private schools in the Cayman Islands. In previous years all the high schools in Cayman have been represented.

One finalist from each school is invited as a special guest on a two-day “adventure” to learn and experience various government functions in the Cayman Islands, including lunch with Governor Duncan Taylor, a meeting with the secretary of the Cabinet, a visit with the chief justice, a tour of the law courts and a tour of the Legislative Assembly led by the Speaker of the House.

Finalists are also invited to an award luncheon hosted by the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.

Grand prize

The grand prize is a laptop computer donated by the Royal Bank of Canada, a major sponsor of the competition for four years. Jason Waters, RBC Royal Bank VP and country head Grand Cayman, said the financial institution has been a dedicated supporter of the development and education of Caymanian youth for many years.

“Programmes such as the Adventures in Citizenship essay contest encourage discipline and creativity, enhancing the growth and development of our nation’s youth,” he said. “We have always been impressed with the talent displayed by our young Caymanian students, and we are sure that this year’s competitors will be no exception.”

Digicel Cayman, a first time sponsor of this event, will be donating prizes to the finalists. Brian Hurley, head of corporate from Digicel Cayman said the company was delighted to support the essay contest.

“We believe it is a fantastic opportunity and one which encourages thought and creativity amongst our youth,” he said. “We would hope that this competition will provide a great medium for our youth to be able to articulate what Cayman means to them now and how they would like to see Cayman in the future. These essays may in fact end up providing future policy guidelines for Cayman’s Businesses and Governments alike.”

Eligible students interested in participating in the program should contact their English department for further details.

The deadline for submitting essays to the English department is Monday, 28 February. Information fliers can also be collected from local Royal Bank of Canada Branches or Digicel stores in Camana Bay and Georgetown.