Storyboard contest inspires readers

Red Bay Primary students Leonikke Watler, Josiah Parsons and Paige Prendergast, Division D runners-up, got a special mention during the prize-giving ceremony.
Red Bay Primary students Leonikke Watler, Josiah Parsons and Paige Prendergast, Division D runners-up, got a special mention during the prize-giving ceremony.

One group in Cayman has come up with a creative way to get young readers excited about books.

More than 100 enthusiastic students descended on George Town Public Library on Jan. 23 to attend the 2016 Cayman Islands Information Professionals Storyboard Competition, said the library and information science professionals association’s Su Mander.

Now in its fourth year, the event showcased students’ colorful and informative storyboard creations based on their favorite works of fiction.

Ms. Mander explained that students were given strict criteria about the information to be illustrated on their storyboard, including summaries of the plot, the setting of the story, the main characters, the conflict or problem in the story, and the resolution.

“The use of this criteria encourages students to analyze their favorite book and recount the key aspects for their storyboard audiences,” she said.

“Creativity, originality and the use of relevant props are encouraged – the results were truly amazing. The judges were very impressed with the amount of thought and effort students had put into their submissions – they clearly loved reading the subject book,” she added.

Around 60 storyboards were assessed by judges comprised of members of CIIP and Rotary Sunrise over two days, with the competition entrants doing short presentations on their creations.

“The Storyboard Competition helped us to understand the story better as well as improve our team work skills,” said Prospect Primary student Diamond White, who won the division for 9-12-year-olds, along with his team members Davonte Howell and Alexander Rhule.

Thanks to the event sponsor, the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman Sunrise, winners in the individual categories were presented with a Kindle, and the “small group” category winners each won $50 Book Nook gift vouchers.

The joint winners of Division A for individual students aged 5-8 went to Clara de Quintal of St. Ignatius Catholic School and Olivia Cain of Grace Christian Academy, while the winners of the categories for individuals aged 9-12 and 13-18 went to David Lewis of First Baptist Christian School and Chadene Brooks of John Gray High School, respectively.

In the small groups divisions, the winning students in the 5-8 age group were Timothy Rhea, Luke Jenson and Sabina Marie Motyka-Bush of Grace Christian Academy, and Davonte Howell, Diamond White and Alexander Rhule of Prospect Primary School for students in the 9-12 age group.

The joint winners for small groups aged 13-18 were Neildeep Ghosh and Billy McKibbin of Montessori by the Sea, along with Connor Childs, Noah Booker and Callum Lindsay, also of Montessori by the Sea.

“Any way in which we can encourage our youth to read will help them in their early developmental years,” said the association’s Michael Kennedy. “The talent and passion for reading these young students exhibit is truly inspirational.”

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