Brac student named tops in competition

| 16/06/2019
CNS Local Life
Top student Kai Roberts (centre) with the other nine finalists (L-R) Alzavia Goulborne, Hossania O’Connor, Kezzia King, Naima Myles, Damoya Fearon, Oral Michelin, Jeleah Maize, Kaz Conolly Basdeo and Tianna Ebanks

(CNS Local Life): Kai Roberts of West End Primary School on Cayman Brac was named the winner of the 2019 RUBiS Top Student awards programme at a ceremony held 12 June. The youngster impressed the two independent judging panels with his passion for music. “Kai demonstrated not only a talent for guitar but also a desire to use his musical skills to bring joy to those around him and make a positive impact on the community, having already used his musical talents to help spread delight with the Lions and Leos Christmas Cheer Programme,” RUBiS Cayman Managing Director Nicolas de Breyne said.

Kai will receive a $5,000 grant to pursue his love of music as well as an additional $1,000 to be donated to a club or school of his choice, stated a press release.

At the award ceremony, Minister for Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly thanked RUBiS and, in a nod to the company’s sponsorship, encouraged the students to “be R-espectful and resilient; be that U-nstoppable person; and go B-eyond the call of duty; use your I-ntelligence and S-top at nothing short of Success.”

She added, “I am thrilled to see our winner, Kai Roberts, is from West End Primary School in the Brac. This shows that even if you’re from a small school as long as you’ve got passion, faith, and are willing to work hard, you can be successful at whatever you put your mind to.”

The grade 5 student’s teacher, Diana Kennedy, described him as model student with exceptional leadership abilities, a high level of maturity and responsibility.

“Kai is not only dedicated to his school work but also participates in extra-curricular activities such as learning the guitar, singing, football and public speaking,” she said.

Kai won second place in the 2019 Lions Club Claudette Upton Keeley Public Speaking contest and has been awarded gold and silver in past National Children’s Festival of the Arts speech competitions. He is a school prefect and active in his church, participating in Pathfindering, Adventist Youth meetings and community activities.

Kai was one of 10 finalists chosen from 70 submissions. The other finalists – Alzavia Goulbourne from Red Bay Primary School, Damoya Fearon from Red Bay Primary School, Hosannia O’Connor from East End Primary School, Jeleah Maize from George Town Primary School, Kaz Conolly Basdeo from Montessori By The Sea, Kezzia King from Triple C School, Naima Myles from George Town Primary School, Oral Michelin from The Lighthouse School and Tianna Ebanks from Prospect Primary School – will receive $1,000 each towards pursuing their passions.

“All the students really demonstrated their determination, dedication, drive and enthusiasm for their passion,” de Breyne said. “Even at such a young age, these students are already developing skills like teamwork, goal setting and leadership, which will no doubt assist them in building bright and successful futures.”

This year’s competition marked the third to date, with RUBiS donating more than $56,000 in financial grants to more than 40 students in the Cayman Islands.

The program, which first launched in 2015, was open to students ages 7-12 across the Cayman Islands. Students interested in applying were asked to exhibit excellence, passion and enthusiasm in any particular area of interest such as fine arts, performing arts, sports, STEM activities or academic achievement.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Congratulation to all! Beautiful children..