Ari­anna Mercier is the 2015 Courts St. Lu­cia Read­ing Cham­pion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Courts St. Lu­cia, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour, hosted its sev­enth an­nual “Courts Schools Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion” un­der the es­teemed pa­tron­age of Her Ex­cel­lency, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, The Gover­nor Gen­eral of St. Lu­cia; the Honourable Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour, Dr. Robert Lewis, was also in at­ten­dance.

The com­pe­ti­tion was em­ceed by ra­dio per­son­al­ity Ms Masana Mor­ri­son and the Saint Lu­cia 2014 Courts Read­ing Cham­pion, Miss Gabrielle Barthelmy. Eight of the na­tion’s top read­ers com­peted for the cov­eted prize of $2,000 in cash, $2,000 for his/her school plus the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent St. Lu­cia at the OECS fi­nals to be held in Do­minica.

The Courts Na­tional Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion fi­nal­ists were: Chris-Anne Moonie of Pier­rot Com­bined, Ri­hanna Mar­shall of Mil­let Pri­mary, Mar­cella Brade of Soufriere Pri­mary, Tia Wal­lace of Dame Pear­lette Pri­mary, Ari­anna Mercier of Camille Henry Me­mo­rial, Gid­del Louisy of Riviere Doree Com­bined, Kyle Joseph of R.C. Boys’ Pri­mary and Joel Leon of Mi­coud Pri­mary.

The stu­dents were given two pas­sages with which to wow the five judges. The first, a nar­ra­tive, “Why Anansi Has Eight Thin Legs”, was read by each par­tic­i­pant whilst each stu­dent was given a dif­fer­ent news item to de­liver for their sec­ond piece.

The com­pe­ti­tion was re­garded as highly com­pet­i­tive and suc­cess­ful, fo­cus­ing on stu­dents’ abil­ity to read well. In the end, Camille Henry Me­mo­rial’s Ari­anna Mercier was crowned the Courts St. Lu­cia Read­ing Cham­pion 2015. The young lady will now rep­re­sent St. Lu­cia in Do­minica at the OECS fi­nals where she will com­pete for her chance of win­ning an ad­di­tional $5,000 in cash plus a lap­top. Miss Mercier also re­ceives one year of free in­ter­net, com­ple­ments of FLOW.

2nd place went to Miss Mar­cella Brade from the Soufriere Pri­mary School who walked away with $750 in cash. Mr Joel Leon, in 3rd place, re­ceived $500 in cash.

Cer­tifi­cates of par­tic­i­pa­tion, as well as com­plete back packs, com­ple­ments of Courts, were pre­sented to the eight fi­nal­ists who also each re­ceived a Smart­phone from Dig­i­cel and an ed­u­ca­tional ham­per from the Lions Club of Castries. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place tro­phies were pre­sented to the win­ners, spon­sored by the Tro­phy Cen­tre.

Courts St. Lu­cia would like to thank Her Ex­cel­lency, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Gover­nor Gen­eral of St. Lu­cia; The Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment and Labour, The Hon. Dr Robert Lewis; Flow St. Lu­cia for stream­ing the com­pe­ti­tion live, Dig­i­cel – Be Ex­tra­or­di­nary; The Lions Club of Castries; Exel Signs; Cal­abash TV; HTS TV; DBS TV; Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional; The CSA Cen­tre and The Tro­phy Cen­tre.

Courts gives spe­cial thanks to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Mrs An­gella Mari­atte from CAMDU, and to the par­ents, teach­ers and Prin­ci­pals from Dis­tricts 1-8 for their sup­port. In the words of Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

Ari­anna Mercier of Camille Henry Me­mo­rial School re­ceives her win­ner’s

tro­phy from Dame Pear­lette Louisy.

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