A youngman from a rural school has created history by being the first male to win the Grenada-leg of the Courts Reading Competition that is into its fifth year.
Dean Bedeau from Bonaire Government School in St. Mark’s took the top honours at the final of the competition that took place last Friday at the Auditorium of the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS).
Bedeau who is from District Seven representing St. John’s and St. Mark’s emerged as the top primary school reader from among a field of six other Readers from the other School Districts on the island.
The Bonaire Government School Child scored 273 points at the end of the two rounds of reading.
In the first round of the competition the children read a narrative featuring the Olympic victory of Grenadian-born Kirani James.
The second round, which was a news item, featured the call made by the St. Lucia Employers Federation to the Government of St. Lucia to lower the rate of the Value Added Tax.
An elated Bedeau told THE NEW TODAY Newspaper he came fully prepared for the competition.
Bedeau said he was coached by his Teacher, Theresa Ganpot, as well as Carl Bristol who exposed him to different types of reading that included narratives and newspapers.
In addition, as part of the preparation he engaged in reading every day including mornings and evenings.
The nine-year old Grade Five Student said he enjoys reading especially mysteries.
The 2013 Winner has earned the right to represent Grenada at the COURT’S OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) competition to be held in St. Lucia later this month.
The first sub-regional competition was won by Malika Bain, a former student of St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic School in Grenville in 2009. She is now a student at the St. Joseph’s Convent, St. George’s.
Bedeau said he now looks forward to representing Grenada in St. Lucia and will be working hard to bring back the regional trophy.
In addition to being the student representing Grenada in St. Lucia, Bedeau took home a cheque valued $2,000.00
He also received a Smart Saver Account from the Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT) Cooperative Credit Union valued $300.00.
The Bonaire Government School also received a prize of $2,000.00.
In the competition itself, only one point separated the other two top positions as District Six Representative, Canaa James who is from First Choice Private School took the second-placed position with 245 points and the prize of $1,000.00.
In third position with 244 points was Erin Gilbert of St. Louis Girls’ Roman Catholic School, which is located in District Five. She received $750.00.
The other four participants each received $500.00.
The participants were judged by a four-member panel of judges that comprised Yvonne Alexis-Jones, Allana Charles, Sandra Thomas, Denise Brathwaite on the fluency of their reading of the two passages.
The assessment was based on the children’s reading accuracy, smoothness, expression and confidence.
Charles who gave the results spoke of the competition being keenly contested.
However, she said the students showed signs of being tense when they took to the stage.
The judge said the children performed very well in delivering the narrative, but had some difficulty with the news item.
She encouraged teachers and parents to give the students the opportunity to read different types of writing.
“In our judging we realised that some of the students were just calling words and not necessarily understanding what they were reading,” she said.
Sixty-two schools had entered the preliminary stage of the competition.