Hr­ishikesh Srini­vasan is Courts OECS Read­ing Cham­pion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

Ten year old, St. Kitts and Nevis stu­dent, Hr­ishikesh Srini­vasan, has won the sev­enth an­nual Courts OECS Schools Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. The com­pe­ti­tion which was held on March 3rd 2016 in Do­minica, saw na­tional cham­pi­ons from An­tigua, Do­minica, Gre­nada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lu­cia and St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines com­pet­ing for a chance at walk­ing away with EC$5000 cash for them­selves and EC$5000 cash for their school.

The Na­tional Courts OECS Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Fi­nal­ists were Arianna Mercier - St. Lu­cia, Jazz Dias – An­tigua, Shek­inah Camp­bell – St. Vin­cent and the Gre­nadines, Hr­ishikesh Srini­vasan – St. Kitts and Nevis, Madan­nah Auguiste – Do­minica, Eden Ot­way - Gre­nada

“This com­pe­ti­tion was a very keenly con­tested one and it shows that our stu­dents are get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery year. This is why, we as judges will have to re­view the read­ing lev­els when se­lect­ing the ma­te­rial for the com­pe­ti­tion mov­ing for­ward. This shows that the Courts Schools Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion is in­deed as­sist­ing in the fight against il­lit­er­acy in schools.” said head judge An­gella Mari­atte.

Each stu­dent was given the same nar­ra­tive to read and a dif­fer­ent coun­try news piece at the com­pe­ti­tion.

Courts com­mends each na­tional fi­nal­ist for such a phe­nom­e­nal and high level per­for­mance at the Courts OECS Schools Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. Al­though all fi­nal­ists read re­mark­ably well, it was Hr­ishikesh Srini­vasan from St. Kitts and Nevis, with his im­pec­ca­ble read­ing abil­i­ties that cap­tured the cov­eted ti­tle of “Courts OECS Read­ing Cham­pion 2015” and $5000 cash for him­self. Walk­ing away with the Se­cond Run­ner Up tro­phy and $3000 cash was St. Vin­cent and the Grena­dine’s Shek­inah Camp­bell. Jazz Dias from An­tigua and Bar­buda placed third and walked away with $2000 cash. All other par­tic­i­pants re­ceived $1000 cash as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Courts will also be pre­sent­ing each par­tic­i­pant with a lap­top for their par­tic­i­pa­tion in the com­pe­ti­tion while the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place win­ners each re­ceived a smart­phone from Dig­i­cel and other equally amaz­ing prizes from val­ued part­ners.

The eighth an­nual Courts OECS Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion fi­nals will be held in St. Kitts in Oc­to­ber this year from where the reign­ing cham­pion, Hr­ishikesh Srini­vasan hails. Eight and nine year olds from across the OECS are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in the pre­lim­i­nary rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion for a chance at be­ing crowned the “Courts OECS Read­ing Cham­pion 2016.”

The Man­age­ment and Staff of Courts OECS would like to thank the Min­istries of Education across the OECS, Min­istry Of­fi­cials, Par­ents, Teach­ers and Schools who have sup­ported this ini­tia­tive from in­cep­tion.

Win­ner - Courts OECS Read­ing Com­pe­ti­tion Cham­pion and Uni­comer OECS Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Mr Er­rol Le Blanc.

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