Last year’s reading champion St. Lucia recently hosted OECS finalists from Antigua, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and St. Vincent in the fifth annual Courts OECS Reading Competition finals.
The highly anticipated event culminated on October 31 with the grandest of finals held at the Sandals Grande.
The competition was received with high praise and saw in attendance specially invited guests including Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy; Minister of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour Dr Robert Lewis; Unicomer OECS Managing Director Derek Luk Pat; directors and staff of Unicomer OECS; ministry officials, principals, teachers and students from primary schools across the OECS.
Finalist Jamika Nedd from Antigua, Shanda Francis from Dominica, Dean Bedeau from Grenada, Asharie Monica Wrensford from St. Kitts, Petra Robinson from St. Lucia, and Krysten Barbour from St. Vincent each vied for a chance at winning the coveted title — Courts OECS Reading Champion 2013 — and $5000 in cash for themselves plus $5000 for their schools.
“This year’s competition was regarded as the most closely contested one to date; each child had a clear understanding of the judging criteria and delivered their pieces remarkably well,” said chief judge Denys Brathwaite.
In the end, Grenada’s Dean Bedeau was crowned the Courts OECS Reading Champion 2013. Second runner up Asharie Wrensford from St. Kitts walked away with $3000 in cash and Dominica’s Shanda Francis walked away with $2000 as she placed third.
Jamika Nedd, Petra Robinson and Krysten Barbour each received $1000 in cash for their participation. Certificates were also presented to the six finalists as a token of appreciation for their participation. Each finalist also received an engraved trophy sponsored by the trophy centre and a laptop sponsored by Courts. Digicel presented a Samsung Galaxy tablet and accessories as well as a plaque to the most outstanding reader — Dean Bedeau.
The sixth annual Courts OECS Reading Competition finals will be held in Grenada next year.