Nine local students are certificate award winners in the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Essay Competition.
The overseas competition received in excess of 11,000 entries from more than 830 schools across 55 Commonwealth countries and territories.
“To place in the top 2,000 receiving awards was a big achievement for the Cayman Islands,’ said Lemuel Hurlston, Cayman representative of the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Finn Lovegrove, Rishaa Patel and Zephan Deosaran of Cayman Prep and High School; Taurean Cox, Aniela McGrath, Arjun Dhanasekar, Matilda Copley Kyne and Isha Rankin of St. Ignatius Catholic and Abijith Anu from Layman E. Scott High School, Cayman Brac, received awards.
During a recent reception at the Government House for local and international competition winners, parents, teachers and organizers, Governor Helen Kilpatrick said all should feel justifiably proud of these accomplishments.
Ministerial Councilor Winston Connolly also praised the young people for their accomplishments, and thanked the Royal Commonwealth Society for providing them with an opportunity to hone their creative writing skills and individual talents. He encouraged the winners to continue to work hard to further develop their abilities.
The theme of the 2013 competition was “Opportunity through Enterprise.” Entrants who did not receive an award this year will receive certificates of participation.
The top Commonwealth Essay prizes went to New Zealand, Guernsey, Canada and Hong Kong.
The local competition is open to students under 18 years of age.