It’s all about the bragging rights as annual spelling bees brought out the best of the best from Cayman’s primary and secondary schools. The events were held at Prospect Primary School hall on 30 November and 1 December, respectively.
Bodden Town Primary, proving to have some of the best spellers in the division, was able to claim the coveted Premier Shield School Cup with 86 points. Layman E Scott Sr. High School in Cayman Brac was the proud recipient of the coveted cup for the secondary division, garnering 66 points.
A total 48 students from primary schools in the Cayman Islands and 20 from secondary schools qualified during preliminary rounds. As things heated up, a total 19 students qualified for the finals.
Haley Brown from Bodden Town Primary was crowned the winner. She was closely followed by Courtney Charles from Prospect Primary School and Amanda Ferguson of Creek and Spot Bay Primary. D’vonte Joesph of Prospect Primary and O’Neil Duncan of George Town Primary tied for fourth.
In the secondary education division, Abijith Anu and Chineme Ezema of Layman E Scott Sr. High School placed first and second, respectively. Aaron Fernandez and Rashawn McElroy of John Gray High School followed in third and fourth.
Spelling bee prizes were donated by sponsors. RBC Cayman Islands provided each of the primary students with a laptop computer. Tony Brown from Brown’s Esso also contributed laptop prizes for the primary division winners. The Lions Club, sponsor of the secondary division, donated laptop computers for each of those winners.
Shirley Wahler, chief education officer at the Cayman Islands Department of Education, said, “Once again, we have been impressed by the performance of our top spellers in this year’s competition. At both primary and secondary level, the big news this year was the intensity of the competition for the top awards.
“Spelling bees are not only about spelling—they also signify discipline, determination, confidence in public presentation, and a focus on excellence,” Mrs. Wahler said. “These are qualities that we are proud to see our students exhibit and which will serve them well in the future. Congratulations to the organisers and the many competitors, their teachers and their parents for all the hard work involved in preparing for this event.”