Top student to win grant

| 11/06/2019 | 0 Comments
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Xhailecia Grayson of Wesleyan Christian Academy, who won the grand prize in 2017, with her awards

(CNS Local Life): After eight weeks of entries from across the Cayman Islands and two rounds of judging by two independent judging panels, the grand prize winner will be named Wednesday, 12 June, from ten finalists for the RUBiS Top Student award. The initiative, which first launched in 2015, is 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, to earn a chance to win a financial grant to support their passion, a press release stated.

The finalists are Alzavia Goulbourne of Red Bay Primary School, Damoya Fearon of Red Bay Primary School, Hosannia O’Connor of East End Primary School, Jeleah Maize of George Town Primary School, Kai Roberts of Layman E. Scott High School, Kaz Conolly Basdeo of Montessori By The Sea, Kezzia King of Triple C School, Naima Myles of George Town Primary School, Oral Michelin of The Lighthouse School, and Tianna Ebanks of Prospect Primary School.  

Speaking on the 2019 programme, Nicolas de Breyne, managing director of RUBiS Cayman Islands, said, “With 70 talented entries for the 2019 RUBiS Top Student programme, the judging panels faced a difficult task narrowing down the submissions to top ten finalists.

“However, the finalists managed to stand out through their ability to articulate and demonstrate their passion for their chosen activity and how being selected as RUBiS Top Student would help achieve their goals.”

While the programme was only able to recognise ten students to receive final grants to help support their passions, de Breyne noted that the amount of talent across the youth of the Cayman Islands left all the judges thoroughly impressed.

“The talent we have seen from this competition has made a positive impression on everyone involved,” de Breyne said. “Cayman certainly has a bright future ahead.

“We would also like to say a special thank you to all the parents and schools who have been so supportive of the students getting involved with the RUBiS Top Student programme.”

The grand prize winner, who will be announced at the RUBiS Top Student awards ceremony on Wednesday, will receive a $5,000 grant towards developing their talent as well as an additional $1,000 to be donated to a club or school of their choice. The runners up will each receive a $1,000 grant to be used to help cultivate their passions.

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