Students from Layman E. Scott High School on Cayman Brac are this year’s senior division champions of the annual Lera Parchment Battle of the Books competition.
The event, which attracted more than 90 students in 15 teams, was held at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay on Saturday, April 2.
The Brac team scored 292 points, pushing them ahead of The Amazing Auggies from St. Ignatius Catholic School, who were runners-up with 279 points.
In the junior division, the Flying Phoenixes from George Town Primary School, with 315 points, beat the St. Ignatius team We’re Booked, who scored 302 points.
Battle of the Books is an annual children’s reading competition organized by Cayman Islands Information Professionals, which is a library association promoting literacy and advocating for libraries, according to a press release.
The senior division includes students aged 11 to 14, while the junior division consists of pupils ranging in age from 7 to 10.
“Battle of the Books was very exciting this year, with all participants being extremely knowledgeable,” said Paul Robinson, one of the competition’s organizers. “It was particularly exciting for the Brac students who came over and conquered their rivals in the seniors’ division.”
The competition is named after the late Lera Parchment. Her children, Richard Parchment and Julie Hunter presented trophies to the winners.
Outgoing Minister for Education Tara Rivers presented the medals to the participants. Rotary Sunrise helped buy the books for the event and presented certificates on the day.