Kai Roberts, from West End Primary School, was announced as the winner of the RUBiS Top Student 2019 awards program, at the awards ceremony on June 12, 2019 at the George Town Yacht Club.

Kai impressed the two independent judging panels with his passion for music.

“Kai really demonstrated not only a talent for guitar but also a desire to use this musical skills to bring joy to those around him and make a positive impact to the community, having already used his musical talents to help spread delight with the Lions and Leos Christmas Cheer Programme,” Managing Director of RUBiS Cayman, Nicolas de Breyne, said.

As the winner of RUBiS Top Student, Kai will receive a $5,000 grant to fuel his guitar lessons as well as an additional $1,000 to be donated to a club or school of his choice.

Kai was among the 10 finalists chosen from the 70 submissions. 

The other nine were 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. They will also receive $1,000 each towards pursuing their passions.

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

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, in order to be in with a chance of winning a financial grant to support their passion.