Courts Sev­enth An­nual Schools Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Launched!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The stage is set for the lo­cal leg of the sixth an­nual Courts Schools Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, which was launched in grand style on Fri­day Septem­ber 11th, 2015 at the Camille Henry Me­mo­rial School; School of Miss Gabrielle Barthelmy – Courts Reign­ing Na­tional Read­ing Cham­pion.

The com­pe­ti­tion, or­ga­nized by Courts in con­junc­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour, en­cour­ages read­ing among the youth, as­sess­ing flu­ency, ac­cu­racy, enun­ci­a­tion, pro­nun­ci­a­tion, smooth­ness, con­fi­dence and ex­pres­sion of the par­tic­i­pants.

Brit­ney Jongue, Courts OECS Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, spoke on be­half of the com­pany at the launch. “To­day is a very spe­cial day for Courts St. Lu­cia as it marks the grand launch of the com­pany’s sev­enth an­nual schools read­ing com­pe­ti­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour. In 2009 Courts St. Lu­cia, along with our OECS coun­ter­parts Courts Do­minica, An­tigua, Gre­nada, St. Kitts and St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, pro­nounced that in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion in these coun­tries ag­gres­sive mea­sures would have to be put in place if we were to ef­fec­tively com­bat il­lit­er­acy in our coun­tries,” said Ms. Jongue.

Speak­ing on be­half of the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cur­ricu­lum Spe­cial­ist for English Lan­guage, Mrs An­gella Mari­atte, com­mended Courts for its sup­port over the years. She con­grat­u­lated the fi­nal­ists and en­cour­aged all stu­dents present at the launch to read, as it opens doors of op­por­tu­ni­ties for them.

The fi­nal­ists and win­ner from the lo­cal and OECS legs of the com­pe­ti­tion get to en­joy fab­u­lous prizes com­pli­ments of Courts for their ef­forts. The win­ner at the Na­tional level of the com­pe­ti­tion, ac­com­pa­nied by a guardian, will get to rep­re­sent St.Lu­cia at the Re­gional Fi­nals. This trip is an all-ex­penses paid trip, com­pli­ments of Courts, and in­cludes air­fare, ho­tel ac­com­mo­da­tion and spend­ing money for both the stu­dent and the guardian. He/she will com­pete with win­ners from St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, Gre­nada, An­tigua and Bar­buda, St. Kitts and Do­minica.

In ad­di­tion to this, the fi­nal­ists and win­ner at both the lo­cal and OECS stages get to en­joy fab­u­lous prizes for their ef­forts. At the na­tional level of the com­pe­ti­tion the win­ner will re­ceive $2000 cash plus $2000 cash for his/her school.

The first run­ner-up will re­ceive $750 cash and the sec­ond run­ner-up will re­ceive $500 cash. At the na­tional level, all par­tic­i­pants will re­ceive par­tic­i­pa­tion gifts from Courts, Dig­i­cel, The Lions Club of Castries and the Tro­phy Cen­tre.

Miss Brit­ney Jongue, Courts OECS Public Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, and Mrs An­gella

Mar­ri­ate with some of the par­tic­i­pants of the Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion.

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