Three kids tie for spelling titile

| 06/12/2010

(CNS): After three boys tied for the top spot in the primary spelling bee, the secondary school student competition was almost a repeat when three spellers were still standing after a ten word tie breaker. This time however Cayman Brac High School’s Katherine Tatum stopped the boys from dominating when she joined Clifton Hunter’s David Forbes and her school mate Joel Gayle to take the title. Clifton Hunter High student Shanique Randall had also been in on the battle. But she was knocked out of the tie-breaker round after missing a few letters in the word dysphemism. She was awarded second place. Third place went to John Gray High student Aliyah Linwood.

Wednesday evening’s primary school spelling bee, the three youngsters battled to the very end of the 2010 Lions Club of Grand Cayman Secondary School Spelling Bee Finals with words like Acciaccatura, Kibbutzim, quinquagenarian, and electroencephalograph. At the end of their spellbinding battle, all three were declared winners as it fast became clear that no word was too difficult forthem.
Competition winners took home trophies and laptops for their efforts. And once again, it was the generosity of donors that allowed all three winners to have a laptop of their own.
Education Minister, Rolston Anglin and former minister Alden McLaughlin joined event co-sponsor LIME in providing the laptops.
The top school trophy went to Clifton Hunter High School which had 79 points overall. Other youngsters competing in the final round were Clifton Hunter High student Gabriella David; John Gray High student Finley McDougall; and Wesleyan Christian Academy students Stephanie Christian and Karisha Mallari. The competition was judged by Hebert Crawford, Brendalee Scott-Novak and Thiry Gordon. Jermaine Sharpe served as time keeper and Marcia Muttoo as spell master.

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