Gabrielle Barthelmy – Courts St. Lucia National Reading Champion 2014

Gabrielle Barthelmy – Courts St. Lucia National Reading Champion 2014
Gabrielle Barthelmy - Courts St. Lucia Reading Champion 2014
Gabrielle Barthelmy – Courts St. Lucia Reading Champion 2014

PRESS RELEASE – Courts St. Lucia in collaboration with the Ministry of education, Human Resource Development and Labour hosted the sixth annual “Courts Schools Reading Competition” under the esteemed patronage of Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, The Governor General of St. Lucia and the Hon. Minister of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Dr. Robert Lewis.

The competition was emceed by top radio talk show host Russell Lake and St. Lucia’s 2013 National Reading Champion Miss Petra Robinson. Eight of the nation’s top readers competed for the coveted prize of $2000 in cash, $2000 for his/her school plus the opportunity to represent St. Lucia at the OECS finals to be held on October 16th in Grenada this year.

The participating students were:

 The students were given two passages in which to wow the five judges. The first, a narrative “Why the Sun and The Moon Live in The Sky” was read by each participant whilst each student was given a different News Item for their second piece.

The competition was regarded as highly competitive and successful competition that focuses on students’ ability to read and read well.
In the end, Camille Henry Memorial’s Gabrielle Barthelmy, was crowned the Courts St. Lucia Reading Champion 2014. With that title, Miss Barthelmy will get to represent St. Lucia in Grenada on October 16th where she will compete with champions from St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica, St. Kitts, Antigua and host country Grenada for her chance at winning an additional $5000 in cash plus a laptop.

Left – Thea Jerome 3rd place, centre – Gabrielle Barthelmy, right – Ebony Antoine – 2nd place.


The Camille Henry Memorial School will also receive $2000 in cash and an additional $5000 in cash should Gabrielle Barthelmy win the OECS finals in Grenada. 2nd Runner up Miss Ebony Antoine from the Plain View Combined School walked away with $750 in cash and Miss Thea Jerome from Tapion Private, 3rd Runner Up walked away with $500 in cash.

Certificates of participation as well as complete back packs complements Courts were also presented to the eight finalists. The eight students also received top of the line handsets complements Digicel – Be Extraordinary and a number of first class novels to each student was presented by the lions Club. 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place trophies were also presented to the winners and were sponsored by the Trophy Centre.

Courts St. Lucia 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, the Parents, Teachers and Principals from Districts 1-8 whose support of this initiative has been amazing since inception. Without you, this competition would not have been successful.

To our prospective National Finalists 2015 – “The more that you Read the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go.” Dr, Seuss.

Right – Her Excellency, Dame Pearlette Louisy, Centre – Gabrielle Barthelmy, Left – Mr Patrick Coghiel – Unicomer OECS Logistics and Distribution Director


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  1. Congratulations Gabrielle, keep up the good work. Reading opens up the mind to so many positive things. To all the participants, job well done.


  2. More youths need to be reading in lucia ..............keep reading my girl your future is bright


  3. Congrats Gabriella, job well done by you, to the other participated students, keep it up you did your best.
    Now what happen to our boys, parents teachers encourage the boys, we need our boys to do like the girls. Boys show us you too can make it and feel proud


  4. wow so impressed with the girls..continue to read read read and will learn and grow more.Boys!!!!where are yual? parents teachers and concern ones lets encourage our boys to read.many of them think its a "girl thing" to read well and take part in such competitions...alll the best to you Gabrielle


  5. I am so proud of the readers. parents need to continue to encourage their children to read more often. Congratulations girls!!!!!


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