St Kitts Nevis students vie for Courts Regional Competition

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October 02, 2012: “If I don’t carry a book I will die of boredom”. This was the sentiment expressed by Ricardo Rodriquez winner of the local Courts Reading Competition in 2012 as he encourage students participating in this years’ competition to keep their interest level in reading high.

During a brief launching ceremony for local competitions that lead up to the regional competition in Dominica on October 25, Ricardo commented that since participating in the contest he was more excited about reading.

Coordinator of the local Courts Competition, Education Officer Debbie Isaac said the attractive reward packages offered by Courts for winners of the Regional Competition has raised the interest of Students to become the overall Regional Winner.

The winner receive $5000, 2nd Place $3000.00, 3rd Place $2000.00 and 4th to 6th place $1000.00. Each student will also receive a laptop and their respective schools will received the monetary amount they receive.

“A child who can read is confident, has a high self esteem, and is able to transition from learning to read to reading to learn,” said Chief Education Officer Clarice Cotton as she assured of her Ministry’s commitment to developing the reading skills of students.

Ms. Isaac also revealed that participants would be judged on fluency, accuracy, enunciation, smoothness, confidence and expression as they read two passages including a narrative and a news item.

Accounts Manager at Courts, Pearline Williams said her organization is especially proud of its reading competition. “It allows us to work with our young ones. We know with the competition they are getting these days with the TV, IPADS, Video games, all phones, reading is being placed on the back burner. We are really hoping that we can make reading fun and exciting for our young ones once again,” she said.

Other sponsors of the reading competition include Warner’s One Stop, Digicel, Harpers Office Depot, Laws Book Store and Schools Apex.

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