George Town Public Library teemed with young book lovers and their families for the annual Cayman Islands Information Professionals Storyboard Competition on Feb. 24.
More than 50 storyboards made by students from schools around Grand Cayman were on display in the competition, which was co-sponsored by the Cayman Islands Public Library Service and Rotary Sunrise. The competition is one of two inter-school literacy-focused events that the Cayman Islands Information Professionals runs annually.
Students across the Cayman Islands aged five through 18 are invited to share their favourite fiction book through a creative and informative storyboard display. The competition includes clear guidelines as to what information about the book students should share on their storyboard, including a plot summary and details on the main characters.
The participants, often dressed up as their favourite characters, are asked to present their storyboard to the judges at the competition. The judges were delighted with the level of creativity, enthusiasm and effort that went into this year’s storyboards, many of which were based on classic children’s books such as “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Charlotte’s Web,” and the Harry Potter books.
In addition to winning Kindle electronic tablets, headphones and gift certificates, this year’s winners were excited to see their storyboards displayed at Books & Books in Camana Bay alongside their favourite book. This year’s winners were:
ages 5–8: Camille Allard of St. Ignatius Catholic School — “How the Zebra Got its Stripes”
ages 9–12: Alexander Rhule of St. Ignatius Catholic School — “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”
ages 13–18: Samruddhi Tagalpallenwar of St. Ignatius Catholic School — “The Martian”
(small group) ages 5–8: Ali Hendrikse and Molly de Saram of Cayman Prep & High School — “Fantastic Mr. Fox”
(small group) ages 9–12: Ashlyn Clarke and Jamal Leon of First Baptist Christian School — “The Wild Robot”
(small group) ages 13–18: Niklahni Jayasekera, Summer Phillips & Shane Mullen of St. Ignatius Catholic School — “The Fault in Our Stars”