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(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Courts in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development hosted its ninth annual “Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition Finals “on May 24th 2018 at the Harbour Club in St Lucia.
The six finalist representing their respective OECS islands competed for the coveted title of Courts OECS Reading Competition Champion and corresponding cash prize of $5000 for themselves and $5000 in cash for his/her school.
The OECS Courts Competition Finals representatives were;
Representing Antiga and Barbuda – Richelle Wilson
Representing Dominica – Kenilee Smithee Baron
Representing Grenada – Ayo Taylor
Representing St. Kitts and Nevis – Nazia Byron
Representing St. Lucia – Pearl Cornibert
Representing St. Vincent and the Grenadines – Jonniel Stowe
The students were given two passages; the same narrative piece in the first segment and a past news piece from an island other than their own. The competition was regarded as highly competitive and successful by chief judge Mrs. Angela Mariatte, who praised Courts for their commitment to the education through literacy across the OECS.
In the end, Pearl Cornibert St Lucia’s representative a student of the Eucharist Lewis Seventh Day Adventist School; was crowned Courts OECS Schools Reading Champion. 2nd Runner Up Miss Richelle Wilson of Antigua and Barbuda walked away with $3000 in cash and in 3rd place Miss Kenilee Smithee Baron of Dominica walked away with $2000 in cash. All other participants received $1,000 each plus prizes from other corporate sponsors.
“Courts is committed to the development of the country’s in which we operate by engaging the youth through educational initiatives like the schools reading competition,” stated Courts OECS Managing Director Mr. Vincent Gordon.
The company looks forward to hosting the tenth annual OECS finals in St Lucia at the end of 2018.