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Senior Spelling Semis

Lions Club of Grand Cayman's Youth Development and Outreach Chairman Steve Surrey (R) presents certificates and medals to some of the semi-finalists: (L-R) Fourth place finishers Stephanie Christian and Finley McDougall, third-place student Karisha Mallari, second-place finisher Christiana McMurdo, winner Aliyah Linwood, and fourth place finisher Emily Boyd.

Over two evenings of high school semi-final spelloffs, Cayman Brac High School took the lead in the first round, with Clifton Hunter High School placing second.

Catherine Tatum of Cayman Brac High was the top finisher, followed by classmate Joel Gayle and Gabriella David representing Clifton Hunter.

In the second night of competition, John Gray High School's Aliyah Linwood - who won the primary-level nationals two years ago - took the top spot.

Christiana McMurdo of Montessori by the Sea placed second in the semis, followed by Karisha Mallari of Wesleyan Christian Academy. Indicative of the tough competition, there was a tie for the fourth-place position between Stephanie Christian, Finley McDougall and Emily Boyd.

With brain twisters like ventriloquy, nonchalant, and referendum, the young logophiles were supported by relatives, fellow students and school staff during weeks of training, and at the semifinals.

All of the students who placed will face off during the 2 December finals.

The annual Lions Club of Grand Cayman Spelling Bee has, for more than 25 years, been sponsored jointly by the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and the Department of Education Services (DES). LIME Communications is also one of the major corporate sponsors this year.

Prizes include a laptop for the winner, and trophies for the top three finishers.

Lions President Donnell O'Sullivan, the club's Youth Development and Outreach Chairman Steve Surrey, and other uniformed members attended the spelloffs. DES was represented by teacher Jasmine Manoosingh and ICT Integration Specialist Mark Ray.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian