Six students in their second-last year
of high school have started on a civic journey, their reward for being
finalists in the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman’s Adventures in Citizenship essay
Although Fraulein Whorms of Cayman Brac
High School was the overall competition winner – for which she received a
laptop computer – all six of the finalists get to participate in the other
parts of the civic adventure. The adventure started with the students and their
parents attending the weekly Rotary Club luncheon at the Westin Casuarina
Resort on Thursday, 14 April, and continued Friday at lunch with Governor
Duncan Taylor at Government House and visits to Legislative Assembly, Grand
Court and the Office of the Secretary of Cabinet.
Rotarian Isy Obi noted that the
Adventures in Citizenship programme was now in its sixth year.
“The adventure begins with an essay
contest each year,” she said.
Students had to write 500 – 750 word
essays on the topic “my Cayman’. One finalist was chosen by each of Cayman’s
high schools and then the winner of the competition was chosen by a panel of
judges from the Rotary Club.
Guest speaker at the luncheon, Minister
of Education Rolston Anglin, spoke about the lasting relevance of the ‘my
Cayman’ theme of essay.
“The theme is one… that will always be
intriguing,” he said, adding that it was important to see young people’s
perspective of the world, even if it contained “youthful exuberance”.
“Nonetheless, it’s one that adults have
to pay attention to.”
Mr. Anglin said that this was the second
year he had attended the Adventures in Citizenship Rotary meeting and he noted
that many of last year’s finalists had now received scholarships or were
undertaking A-levels to go on to tertiary education.
“That speaks volumes to the calibre of
students and entrants that this competition attracts,” he said.
Miss Whorms, who also recently
participated in the Youth Parliament programme, wrote her essay from the
viewpoint of a Cayman iguana named Old Henry. After talking about Cayman’s
history, the iguana spoke about the “plethora of people from many different
countries” that make up Cayman’s people.
“The people in my islands are so very
unique and unquestionably Caymanian that I find it hard to believe that some
people can say that my Cayman has no culture of its own,” wrote Miss Whorms.
“But in actual fact, it is the influence of those who hail from other countries
with diverse traditions and customs that moulds and makes my Cayman into
something that is uniquely Caymanian.”
Other competition finalists who get to
take Adventures in Citizenship are: Lisa Evans of St. Ignatius High School;
Shannell Forbes of John Gray High School; Lucille Williams Fernandez of Triple
C School; Kirsten Ebanks of Cayman International School; and Geoffry Butler of
Cayman Prep and High School.
The finalists all received cellular
telephones courtesy of Digicel Cayman and the Royal Bank of Canada provided the
laptop for the winner. CML Offshore recruitment also sponsored the competition.