Two Cayman 9-year-olds to have stories published by Amazon

From left, top winner Diamond White of Prospect Primary School, Rotary Sunrise President Christine Matthews, Caribbean top 10 placer Nathaniel Harlowe, Sophie Dickson, both of Cayman Prep, and Butterfly Storybook competition coordinator Hendrik-Jan van Genderen.

Nine-year-olds Diamond White, a student at Prospect Primary School, and Nathaniel Harlowe, a student at Cayman Prep, will have stories they wrote published by Amazon as the result of a Rotary-sponsored competition.

The two students finished in the top 10 among entries from 66 local primary school students ages 7-11 in the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean Butterfly Storybook competition. The students’ stories will be included in a book published by Amazon and available worldwide in four languages: English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole.

For Diamond White it is the second time he placed regionally across the Rotary district of 16 Caribbean countries.

Diamond White reads aloud his story ‘A Rare Encounter.’
Diamond White reads aloud his story ‘A Rare Encounter.’

Diamond’s “A Rare Encounter” and Nathaniel’s “The Pebble” will be featured in the book.
Sophie Dickson, who wrote “Caribbean Kindness,” a short story on this year’s theme of “Giving something special to someone special through acts of kindness, friendship, leadership, and/or respect,” was the third participant chosen by the Rotary Sunrise club.

“This is truly exciting to see that we have some excellent and talented young writers in the Cayman Islands,” said Hendrik-Jan van Genderen, Rotary Sunrise’s literary competition coordinator.

“It was truly a joy, and privilege, to host the children and to be a part of the blossoming of young talent in the Cayman Islands,” said Rotary Sunrise President Christine Matthews. “We wish all the participants, and especially the winners, great success in their lives. Every child who participated is already a winner.”

On Jan. 20, the families and teachers of Diamond, Nathaniel, and Sophie gathered at Rotary Sunrise for a reading of their stories, where they were then awarded gift certificates for $50.
Diamond and Nathan will also receive prizes, and certificates of participation will be awarded to all 66 entrants.

The competition is facilitated by Rotary Sunrise, and judged by members of the Literacy Committee who decide on the top three nominees.