Students shine in essay competition

| 09/11/2016
CNS Local Life

(Back row) Richard Hew and Letitia Lawrence of CUC with contest winners (L-R) Aly Byrnes, Demae Lee, Alexander Rhule and Kaciann Wilson

(CNS Local Life): Kaciann Wilson, 11, of George Town Primary School and Aly Byrnes, 13, of Cayman International School (CIS) have been named the winners of the 2016 CUC essay competition, which was launched earlier this year with the theme, “Electricity: It is more than poles and wires and the flicking of a switch.”

The students were asked to imagine that Cayman was without electricity for one week and to describe what life would be like for the island – at businesses, schools and homes – during that time.

They were also asked to discuss the importance of a reliable electricity system to the growth and development of the Cayman Islands and to improving quality of life. In addition, they were asked to imagine what CUC would look like in the next 50 years and how new technologies and renewable energy will affect the electricity industry.

As the first-place winner in the primary school category, Kaciann won a trophy and an iPad mini, as well as a $300 gift voucher to go towards educational material for George Town Primary School. Second and third place winners, respectively, Alexander Rhule and Demae Lee, both of Prospect Primary School, received trophies as well as gift vouchers worth $250 and $150.

Aly, who took the top spot among high school students, received a trophy and a laptop, as well as a gift voucher worth $500 to go towards educational materials for CIS.

CUC president and CEO Richard Hew said, “It is interesting that very young minds within our community already have a true appreciation for the value of electricity and what it means to the ongoing growth and development of Grand Cayman.

“The students wrote passionately about the subject and clearly understand through their own research what life would be like without a reliable electricity service. We are always pleased to encourage that level of research and thinking among our young people.”

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Category: High School, Primary School

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