John Gray's 'recycled' tree wins prize

John Gray High School students have been awarded the prize for the best decorated tree at the Cayfest Red Sky at Night festival.

The festival, held last month, featured trees decorated by students as part of the third annual competition. The trees, some filled with lights, others with paper decorations, or flags and symbols, served as a visual treat for visitors to the grounds of the F.J. Harquail Cultural Centre throughout the festival.

This year, the the competition was open to groups of five from schools only, with a prize of $1,000 in art supplies, organizers said.

Competing schools included George Town and Prospect primary schools, Grace Christian Academy and the John Gray High School Art Club.

“The schools chose their own themes and a panel of judges, along with CNCF’s faithful Facebook friends, selected the winning school,” said a statement from the organizer, the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

John Gray High School’s theme was “A Rainbow Garden,” and 95 percent of the materials in their colorful display were recycled, the CNCF pointed out.

“George Town Primary School shared their love of Cayman’s flora and fauna, as well as our maritime heritage; Prospect Primary School took us around the globe with flags, symbols and objects from various countries and cultures; and Grace Christian Academy used a subtle combination of blue and white along with angelic cutouts to transform their tree,” the statement said.

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Students at the John Gray High School Art Club used recycled materials to decorate the winning tree.

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Rita Estevanovich, left, of the Cayman National Cultural Foundation, with Deborah Richey and Aimee Randolph of John Gray High School.
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