Eight education districts around the island competed in the fourth annual Courts Schools Reading Competition on Tuesday, October 30th.
The competition held at the National Cultural Centre saw in attendance participating schools from District one to eight, Teachers, Principals, Representatives from the Ministry of Education, employees of Courts St. Lucia ltd and specially invited guests.
Preliminary competitions were held where by primary schools around the island vied for a coveted spot in the final eight of the Courts St. Lucia Reading Competition.
The finalists were:
District 1 Maya Jean Hilaire (Montessori Centre)
District 2 Rhea Barrett (Camille Henry)
District 3 Kareem Nicholas (RC Boys Primary)
District 4 Sethra Semaie (Odsan Combined)
District 5 Solomon Rameau (Richfond Combined)
District 6 Kharyce Moonie (Plain View Combined)
District 7 Abigail Piltie (Reunion Primary)
District 8 Franissa Simon (Les Etangs Combined)
Courts OECS Director of Marketing Mrs Lorraine Sidonie in her address to the gathering pledged continued support to youth development and advancement.
“The competition which is the brainchild of Dominica Broadcasting Station is in its fourth consecutive year, and has been proudly branched out to the islands of the OECS since its inception in 2009. Although St. Lucia has not been able to cop the top prize – Courts OECS Reading Champion, we are pleased to be part of an initiative that allows the youth an opportunity to represent the Nation and be an ambassador. At the National level, the winner will receive $2000 Cash plus $2000 Cash for his/her school. At the OECS level, the winner receives an additional $5000 plus $5000 Cash for his/her school. Each student at the Regional level will receive a laptop compliments Courts.”
The participants were asked to read two segments; The “Narrative” where each student was presented with the same article – (From: Tim Tim the River Crayfish), with separate “News Pieces,” based on actual events recently broadcasted on our local Television Stations.
The competition was a very spirited and exciting one and was close all the way through. The goal of this competition was to encourage reading as well as to showcase the talent of eight bright minds who have proven to be true ambassadors of the schools where they represent.
We at Courts would like to extend warmest congratulations to Miss Kharyce Moonie from the Plain View Combined for emerging the top winner of winners in St. Lucia for the local leg of the competition. We would also like to thank our runners up Ms Abigail Piltie from the Reunion Primary and Ms Rhea Barrett from the Camille Henry Memorial School. The 1st and 2nd Runner Up winners have won themselves $750 and $500 cash respectively.
Courts would like to thank all participants who competed yesterday…. Everyone did a fantastic job. We would also like to thank our esteemed judges: Mrs. Onel Sanford Belle, Mr. Jerry George, Mrs. Nathalie Jolie-Francis, Ms. Natalie Elliot and Mr. Antonius Thomas specialists in education, public speaking and journalism. Special thanks to the Ministries of Education throughout the OECS for working in conjunction with the company to facilitate this competition from inception.
Kharyce has now captured the sixth spot in the regional finals to be held in Dominica on November 21, 2012. She will compete against winners from St. Vincent, Grenada, St. Kitts, Antigua and Dominica for a chance at capturing the title of titles – Courts OECS Reading Champion 2012.
Courts St.Lucia Ltd. has embarked on a journey towards the total improvement in the level of literacy in St. Lucia… We say “NO” to illiteracy… “Capture the power to maximise your potential to READ”.