Young authors to represent Cayman

Three primary school students named winners in the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise’s story-writing competition will represent the Cayman Islands in a regional contest.

The winners will compete in the second annual Butterfly Storybook Project, held by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean 7020.

“Rotary Sunrise invited all primary schools in Grand Cayman, seeking students between seven and 11 years to participate in the competition, which is in its second year,” said Storybook Project coordinator Hendrik-Jan van Genderen.

“We received eight entries and, just like last year, it was hard to select only three winners as the quality of all the stories submitted was so good,” he added.

The regional contestants are: 9-year-old Melissa Bachet, who is a student at George Town Primary School; 9-year-old Christian Berry, who attends Red Bay Primary School; and 10-year-old Jesse Ebanks from the North Side Primary School.

The trio arrived as “guests of honor” to read their stories aloud during the Rotary Sunrise meeting at the George Town Yacht Club last week.

The stories were written around the theme “Families Working Together and Helping Each Other.”

Each winning student received a $50 Books & Books certificate, which was presented by Rotary President J.D. Mosely-Matchett and Mr. van Genderen.

The regional competition will be judged by the E-Club of the Caribbean 7020, where the 10 best stories will be selected out of all the other nominations from various Rotary Clubs in the Caribbean. The 10 winning stories will be published in an electronic book, accessible online, as well as in hard copy form.

Winners, along with all other participants, are due to be recognized during literacy month in March, according to Mr. Van Genderen.