PRESS RELEASE – Hundreds of Students in St. Lucia, between the ages of eight and nine years old, would have this year, participated in the sixth annual Courts Schools Reading Competition.
The competition assesses the students’ fluency, accuracy, enunciation, pronunciation, smoothness, confidence and expression of the participants and is being held in Collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour.
From the preliminary rounds of the competition, the best of the best from the eight districts in St. Lucia competed for the coveted title of “Courts St. Lucia Reading Champion 2014”, as well as the opportunity to represent St. Lucia at the OECS finals, held in Grenada on October 16th 2014.
The official prize giving ceremony was held on Thursday November 20th at the company’s Flag Ship store on the Chaussee. The National Reading Champion, Miss Gabrielle Barthelmy from the Camille Henry Memorial School, collected her cheque valued at $3000 and a laptop compliments Courts.
Miss Ebony Antoine from the Plain View Combined, 1st Runner Up, also collected her cheque valued at $750 and Miss Thea Jerome, a student of the Tapion Private School, accepted her cheque of $500 cash.
Courts St. Lucia would once again like to congratulate Miss Gabrielle Barthelmy, our 2014 National Reading Champion. The company would like to thank, Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of St. Lucia; The Minister of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, The Hon. Dr Robert Lewis; Flow St. Lucia for streaming the competition live; Digicel – Be Extraordinary; The Lions Club of Castries; Exel Signs; Calabash TV; HTS TV; DBS TV; Radio Caribbean International; Radio St. Lucia and The Trophy Centre. Special thanks to the Ministry of Education; CAMDU; Parents; Teachers and Principals from Districts 1-8 whose support of this initiative has been tremendous.
As the company, draws the curtain on yet another successful staging of the Schools Reading Competition, a lot more emphasis has been placed on literacy in schools.
Miss Gabrielle Barthelmy, the Courts 2014 National Reading Champion, has promised to work closely with fellow classmates in St. Lucia to help develop their reading capabilities as well as to assist in the moulding of future champions. She believes that Reading is the key to success as it opens doors of possibilities.