Students shine in regional essay, poster contests

From left, Cayman Prep English teacher Natasha Chopra; Education Minister Tara Rivers; Danny Kish and his mother Christina Kish; Shilpa and Sandip Tagalpallewar and their daughter Samruddhi Tagalpallewar; and Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell. Not pictured: students Tyra Abell and Edward Webber.
Tyra Abell's poster earned her second prize in the region.
Tyra Abell’s poster earned her second prize in the region.

A number of students from George Town district schools recently earned accolades in two competitions held by the Florida and Caribbean Cruise Association.

According to a press release, schools in the Cayman Islands competed against 21 countries from within the Caribbean and Latin America in the 2016 FCCA Children’s Essay Competition, writing on the essay topic: “If you were a cruise passenger, what would you like to see and do in your destination?”

Danny Kish of Cayman Prep School placed second regionally in the junior division, earning US$1,500. Fellow Prep student Edward Webber earned US$200 as a finalist in the senior division.

Local students also competed in the FCCA Environmental Poster Competition, which attracted entries from 12 countries. The theme was protecting and raising awareness of the environment. Tyra Abell of Cayman International School earned US$1,500 for her 2nd place finish; Samruddhi Tagalpallewar of St. Ignatius Catholic School received US$200 as a finalist.