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Spellbinding Final

2010 Secondary School Spelling Bee champions display their awards after a competitive final. (From left)second place winner Shanique Randall; first place winners Joel Gayle, Katherine Tatum and David Forbes

In a near repeat of Wednesday evening's primary school spelling bee, three youngsters battled to the very end for the top-speller title during last night's (2 December) 2010 Lions Club of Grand Cayman Secondary School Spelling Bee Finals.

Cayman Brac High School's Katherine Tatum and Joel Gayle, and Clifton Hunter's David Forbes threw down during a gruelling ten-word tie breaker round.

Words like Acciaccatura, Kibbutzim, quinquagenarian, and electroencephalograph were just a few of the tongue twisters that didn't even faze these three.

At the end of their spellbinding battle, all three were declared winners as it fast became clear that no word was too difficult for them.

Earlier, 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.

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.

Top School: Clifton Hunter High School spellers Gabriella David, Shanique Randall and David Forbes collect the top school trophy from Education Minister, Hon. Rolston Anglin (left).

Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin and Mr. Alden McLaughlin Jr., George Town MLA and former education minister, joined event co-sponsor LIME in providing the laptops.

West Bay MLA Capt. Eugene Ebanks, representing the Hon. Premier who is travelling on official business, was on hand to present the Premier's Plaque to the winners.

The top school trophy went to Clifton Hunter High School which had 79 points overall.

Other youngsters competing in last night's 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 Herbert Crawford, Brendalee Scott-Novak and Thiry Gordon. Jermaine Sharpe served as time keeper and Marcia Muttoo as spell master.


For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan