An eight-year old student, Nyturi Smith of St Andrew’s Methodist School is Grenada’s 2012 Courts OECS Reading Competition winner.
Nyturi readings of the narrative, “A basket of Gold” along with a news piece featuring a press release from the Ministry of Education, Public Relations Department impressed the panel of three judges to cop the top award.
She scored 275 points in defeating six other opponents to win the right to represent Grenada in the upcoming Court-sponsored OECS Reading Competition.
The final of the Grenada leg of the competition was held at the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) last week Friday.
Nyturi’s closest rival was Savannah Green from the Happy Hill R.C. School with 272 points followed in third place by Aileen Hector of St David’s R.C. and fourth, Jada Glean of Blessed Sacrament R.C (259 points).
Speaking on behalf of Courts, its Marketing Manager, Deleon Walters said that the competition, which started in 2009, stemmed from a preview of the Dominica competition, which was subsequently implemented in all OECS territories where Courts stores are located.
Walters stated that Courts would continue to contribute to the development of education, sports, community and the overall development of the country in which it operates.
He described the seven participants as winners in their own rights, having made it to the finals of the competition.
The students were judged based on fluency, accuracy, smoothness, pronunciation, punctuation, conveyance of mood, volume, confidence and ability to recover from mistakes.
Past participant of the competition, Bejon Bubb, a student of GBSS encouraged the competitors to remain positive.
“Don’t be discouraged, don’t be nervous … you have made it to the finals, that’s a major accomplishment … do the best you can”, were the comforting words given to the participants.
The winning student received a cheque for $2000 in addition to $2000 for her school, a laptop, a certificate of participation and other prizes.
The second place winner was handed a cheque for $1,000, a certificate of participation and other prizes while the third place winner got $ 750.00, as well as a certificate of participation and other prizes.
The other participants each received a cheque for $500, a certificate of participation and other prizes.
The Courts OECS Reading Competition, to be held towards the end of October, is aimed at supporting the reading and literacy development of students.