A student of the St Patrick’s Anglican Primary School, Sean Rush won District Two competition in the Grenada branch of the 2012 Courts OECS Reading competition which was launched on Monday.
Six schools participated in the opening rounds of the two weeks competition which involves primary schools in the seven school’s districts of the Ministry of Education.
A corporate social community project funded 100% by Courts Grenada, the competition began in 2009.
In his Opening Remarks, Senior Marketing Officer, Deleon Walters explained that the initiative is among the many social projects undertaken by Courts that are aimed at giving back to the community geared at influencing positive change.
“Courts together with the Ministry of Education endeavour to provide opportunities that will harness the key characteristics of literacy among the nation’s children”, he said.
In her message to launch the competition, guest speaker from the Ministry of Education, Maudlyn James congratulated the participants from the various schools and told them that reading is not an easy task and those who master it can do very well and even use it as a mean to get opportunities.
“So, be the best reader today, share your passion with the world,” she told the pupils who had to read narratives in first round and news items in the second round.
At the end of the Monday’s preliminary round, Sean Rush won with 234 points, second was Tiandra Mc Kenzie of Chantimelle RC who scored 216 points and third was Zadie Barry of St Patrick RC who scored 213 points.
The other participants were Ruel Marraste of Hermitage Government, Sallisha Noel of River Sallee Government and Vonnel Samuel of Mt. Rose SDA.
The judges praised the students for their generally high confidence level, fluency, eye contact, Interpretation and articulation but also identified areas of improvement especially in the area of voice presentation and delivery of the selected piece.
According to the rules of the competition, each child will receive a Certificate of participation during all rounds of the competition while the seven finalists will receive cash prizes.
The student placing seventh to fourth in the final Grenada competition will receive $500, the one placing third will receive $750, and the one placing second will receive $1,000.
The winner as well as the winning school will each receive $2,000.
The participating students who are between the ages of eight and nine will also receive book prizes and other attractive goodies from Courts.
The final competition will bring all winners in the OECS to compete for the title of “2012 COURTS OECS Reader of the Year” in Dominica.