Boys make history with spelling bee tie

| 02/12/2010

(CNS): For the first time in the history of the country’s annual inter primary school spelling bee contest three boys tied for the title of spelling bee champ. In more than thirteen years of the Royal Bank of Canada’s Spelling Bee the cup has never been dominated by the boys before or had three winners tie. However, this year St. Ignatius Catholic School’s Nayil Arana, George Town Primary’s Aaron Fernandez, and Prospect Primary’s Chayce Jones each had perfect scores after blitzing through words like oesophagus, zoophyte, ikebana and tautology with little effort. Of the 16 words they were asked to spell, during the nearly three-hour long competition, they each got all 16 correct.

With only a single lap top provided by sponsors for the winner, Education Minister, Rolston Anglin had to save aved the day by quickly pledging two additional machines to reward all three boys. Other awards for the winners included the Premier’s Plaque, which was presented by West Bay Legislative Assembly Member Capt. Eugene Ebanks.

Placing a close second was Prospect Primary’s Denzil Boyd who ended the competition with 15 points to his credit. But a battle for third place ensued after Cayman Academy’s Khajia Campbell and North Side Primary’s Tiona Miller were each found to have 14 points. Khajia Campbell landed in the winners’ circle, however, after Tiona Miller missed the letter s in the third-place tie breaker ‘Jacuzzis’.

The Creek and Spot Bay Primary team of Amanda Ferguson, Deandra Watson and Serena Nelson (right) took the trophy for top school, which was handed to them by Minister Anglin.

The competition was judged by Education Ministry and department representatives Herbert Crawford, Mark Ray and Cecil Chan A-Sue. Mellony Bryan served as spell-master and Royal Bank’s Mitzie Bailey as time-keeper. The former education minister and George Town Legislative Assembly Member Alden McLaughlin was also there to offer support.

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  1. delores Chambers-Ford says:

     congrats cousin chayce it could only take a’ rattigan’ to get the job done; congrats to ur fellow winners

  2. Uncle CLEVE says:

    Congrats Chayce………The sky is the limit


  3. MER says:

    I am ecstatic to finally read something positive about our Caymanian youth. A job very well done, the parents of these students must be sssssssssssooooooooo proud :-)!!!

  4. "Always Thankful" says:

    Congratulations to all students involved in the Spelling Bee.  Parents & teachers keep up the good work.  Students remain focused and always have a positive attitude towards work and peers.  Strive only for the best life has to offer, you WILL attain greatness.

    Remember to always put God first, and he will continue to direct your paths. 

  5. Kathy says:

    Congrats to the three boys and congrats too to Minister Anglin for ‘saving the day’. Leadership and committment such as yours, Minister Anglin, is what is good for our country.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see something positive about Cayman’s youth! Keep up the good work!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps these exceptional youngsters could help with an educational  commentary on this website. They could start by explaining  the difference between ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’, and then move on to words like ‘effect’ and ‘affect’ and ‘militate’ and ‘mitigate.’

    It’s wonderful to see young people learning the value and power of good English.

  8. Dick Shaughneary says:

    Well done.  Things are "definately" looking up!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations to Nayil, Chase, Aaron as well as the team from Creek and Spot Bay Primary!!!  In an age when young people are often in the news for negative reasons it is nice to see these children being recognized for their wonderful efforts!!!  As many of our young men have encountered difficulties it is also great to see three boys at the top of the Spelling Bee!!!  Congrats also to the organizers.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Congrads to all the students! You did real well. Keep it up and continue to reach for the stars!