Words like “oxyphenbutazone,” “valedictorian” and “sesquioxides” were on everyone’s lips at the 2017 Rotary Sunrise High School Scrabble Scrum event that took place at the Camana Bay Arts & Recreation Centre on Nov. 7.
Nine teams of Cayman high school students from Cayman International School, St. Ignatius Catholic School and Cayman Prep High School used their best vocabulary to create the highest scoring boards in this Scrabble-based competition. The Scrabble Scrum is a fast-paced game involving teams of up to six students working together to quickly fill up their Scrabble boards with as many high-value words as possible, taking advantage of the double and triple letter and word squares on the board. The winning team has the highest cumulative score after three rounds of play.
This year’s teams came well prepared to dazzle their competitors and the judges with their clever, high-scoring words. The St. Ignatius “Scrabbled Eggs” (Justine Rhule, Kelsi Persad, Maliya Taylor, Brianna Dacosta, Samruddhi Tagalpallewar and Cleo-Rose Baulk) were victorious in the end with an incredible total score of 4,266 points and were crowned the 2017 High School Scrabble Scrum Champions. The CIS #FreeAnuel team (Bryce Towell, Hunter Luke, Kassidi Jackson and Marcelo Suarez) were close runners-up with an impressive total score of 3,359 points. All winners received prize vouchers from Books & Books.
As for oxyphenbutazone — it is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug.