Cayman International School is the winner of this year’s KPMG Brain Bowl Academic Tournament.

”Be proud of yourselves in how you have represented your school and peers here today.”

Second place went to Triple C and third place to Cayman Prep and High School.

Undefeated throughout the whole tournament, Cayman International students outwitted the Triple C team in the last round to emerge as winners, claiming the prizes of Amazon Echo stations, Fitbits and Beats headsets to take back to their school to show off to peers and teachers.

Since the event started some five years ago, local high schools having been sending their best and brightest to take part in the Brain Bowl Academic Tournament. The tournament this year was held at the Grand Cayman Marriott on Monday, Nov. 6.

The tournament is a knowledge quiz with questions geared toward many topics: mathematics, religion, spelling, history, Caribbean topics, geography and science. The schools compete in teams of four students in a series of rounds of 20 questions. The aim of the competition is to unite local schools and encourage pupils to stretch their academic abilities, work as a team and develop their critical thinking skills.

KPMG in the Cayman Islands organized the tournament, with its employees participating during the day of the competition as moderators, judges and scorekeepers. Kevin Lloyd, the tournament moderator, is a managing partner at KPMG and tournament director Cindy Reid is a manager in the human resources department. Ms. Reid was the one who came up with the idea and the concept of creating the Brain Bowl Tournament.

Several government officials also gave their support to the initiative, including Education Minister Tara Rivers and Acting Chief Education Officer Lyneth Monteith.

Tournament tournament director Cindy Reid checks Cayman International School's mike for sound. KPMG Kevin Lloyd, the tournament moderator waits to continue with the questions. - Photo: Jewel Levy
Tournament tournament director Cindy Reid checks Cayman International School’s mike for sound. KPMG Kevin Lloyd, the tournament moderator waits to continue with the questions. – Photo: Jewel Levy

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said he saw some great teamwork in action at the competition. He also reminded students that what they learned could be applied to their life. “Be proud of yourselves in how you have represented your school and peers here today,” he said.

He also told students that among his responsibilities as deputy governor, one of his jobs was to know what was going on – what’s affecting young people and how the civil service was reacting to this.

He said he saw a lot of complaints on a daily basis. “The children are not getting the opportunity … their children are not being inspired … we’re not doing what we can to support our young people.”He reminded them that Government and their teams cannot do everything. “We need everyone to come together … we’re at our best when everyone comes together to be a part of the solution.”

Mr. Manderson commended KPMG for stepping up and being a part of that solution, and the students for stepping up and taking the challenge. KPMG provided the students with resources on the academic topics, guidelines and study tools to help the teams prepare for the tournament. Important areas which went toward scoring were team enthusiasm, outstanding class participation, completion of homework and the willingness to participate and study for the tournament.

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