High school students put their spelling and numeracy skills to work at the inaugural high school Scrabble Scrum in celebration of Rotary Literacy Month.
The event, organized by LIFE (Literacy is for Everyone) Ltd. and the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise, was held last month at St. Ignatius school, with four teams from St. Ignatius and John Gray taking part.
Teams huddled over Scrabble boards to find the highest scoring words in a limited amount of time.
John Gray’s Scrabble Slammers team, featuring Thea Foster, Jabari Waldron, Charan Senthil, Reon Torter, Jaevan Maxwell, Alle Ann Sobrejuanite, Alec Harding and Aleigha General, were crowned the Junior Champions. The Senior Champions trophy went to John Gray’s Scrabblenauts team, with Bianca Rego-Ramos, Shanann Thompson, Jaymar Myles, Enrique McCoy, Akeliah Brown, Kadar Afflick and Stephen Thane. Each student on the winning teams was awarded a $50 Books & Books gift certificate.
“It was amazing to see the students so engaged in the competition and all working hard to think of high-scoring words for their team,” said Woody Foster, chairman of LIFE Ltd. and director of the Rotary Sunrise Literacy Committee. “The Scrabble Scrum competition encourages students to think about spelling words and also requires them to use numeracy skills to calculate the highest-scoring words.”
LIFE and Rotary Sunrise will hold the second corporate Scrabble Scrum fundraiser in September.