Five primary school pupils have set a record for the highest number of winners in a single spell-off competition in Cayman.
Oneika Duncan and Shante Reid of George Town Primary, Jordanne Saunders of Cayman Academy, Javon Lewison of Prospect Primary, and Theodore Thompson of Truth for Youth were all proclaimed winners of the Royal Bank of Canada Primary School Spelling Bee contest.
Each received a trophy and Apple iPad, compliments of sponsors Royal Bank of Canada, at the spelling bee last week at Mary Miller Hall.
The five spellers had organizers scrambling for words and judges were stumped as each student proved invincible in the face of words such as cinquefoil, proboscis and coccyx, posed by spell master Marcia Muttoo.
In the end, the organizers called it a draw, declaring the five spellers left standing out of a complement of 15 pupils as the winners of the spell-off that lasted four hours.
Declaring at the opening that each finalist was already a winner, little did Education Minister Tara Rivers realize that her words would be right on target.
With a winning score of 89, George Town Primary School claimed the best school trophy. Since the event launched in 1998, the school has won top honors six times; Cayman Brac’s Creek and Spot Bay Primary has won seven times; Prospect Primary won twice; and Bodden Town Primary once.
Royal Bank of Canada’s Michael Munnings said he was proud to have been a part of the display of spelling talent by the youngsters in the competition.
“At RBC, we realize the importance of developing our youth, and we remain committed to this investment, to facilitate a successful future for them and our community at large. Congratulations to all, and especially to our five-way, first-place winners,” he said.