Tucker Clarke student wins Courts OECS reading competition

Jendayi demonstrates superior reading ability for SKNIS Cameras

St. Kitts, November 2, 2010 (SKNIS): Jendayi Omowale , a student of the Tucker Clarke Primary School, convincingly captured the title of COURTS OECS Reading Champion from among six, 9-10 year olds from across the OECS. Jendayi was accompanied by her mother Tamu Browne, lecturer at the CFBC College who did a magnificent job of preparing and coaching her for the event, which was held in Grenada on Thursday November 25. Courts Marketing Manager Theresia Pemberton and Education Officer Joycelyn Archibald-Pennyfeather were part of the St. Kitts Team.

Preparations for this event began in St. Kitts at an official launch on the 29th of September at the Joshua Obadiah Williams Primary School in Molineux, where the contestants at the local level were introduced and given the rules of the competition. This was followed by simultaneous semi-final events held throughout St. Kitts and Nevis on the 7th and 8th of October, respectively.

Events in Nevis were co-ordinated by Reading Specialist Palsy Wilkin while in St. Kitts Mrs. Pennyfeather lead the way. The finals in St. Kitts took place at the Anglican Church Hall in Basseterre where five primary schools namely, the St. Thomas’ Primary of Nevis, The Seventh Day Adventist, the Sandy Point Primary, Estridge Primary and Tucker -Clarke Primary

Schools competed for the opportunity to become the local COURTS winner and the next ambassador for St. Kitts. Jendayi Omowale captured this title winning E.C. $2,000.00 from COURTS and the winning trophy donated by Warner’s One Stop. Her school also received the same monetary prize.

“At the regional competition Jendayi was reader number 5 for both rounds and in front of hundreds of teachers and students she appeared poised and confident as she read. She was exceptional, as she tackled the two readings which she had not seen until two minutes before airtime. She placed first taking the title from Grenada (last year’s champion) while Dominica placed second with St. Lucia coming third, said chaperon Joycelyn Archibald.”

Ms Archibald who is also and Education Officer has expressed congratulations to Jendayi and all others who made the competition possible including Ministries of Education across the region for promoting reading in schools.

Prizes for this event included monetary awards to both students and the respective schools, reading materials, certificates of participation, cell phones from Digicel and a laptop from COURTS.

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