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The Courts 2016 Na­tional Schools Read­ing Cham­pion is none other than Miss Ke­shaun Alphonse from the Soufriere Pri­mary School. The com­pe­ti­tion, which is in its eighth year, was held on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 14 at the CSA Cen­tre in Sans Souci un­der the es­teemed pa­tron­age of Her Ex­cel­lency, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Gover­nor Gen­eral of Saint Lu­cia and the is­land's Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Dr. Gale T. C Rigob­ert.

Held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, The Courts Schools Read­ing com­pe­ti­tion saw fi­nal­ists from dis­tricts one to eight com­pet­ing for the highly cov­eted $2000 in cash prize, plus $2000 for his/ her school. In the end, Soufriere Pri­mary's Ke­shaun Alphonse was crowned the Courts St. Lu­cia Read­ing Cham­pion 2016. With that ti­tle, Miss Alphonse will rep­re­sent St. Lu­cia in St. Kitts and Ne­vis at the OECS fi­nals where she will com­pete against cham­pi­ons from St. Vin­cent & the Gre­nadines, Do­minica, St. Kitts, An­tigua and host coun­try Gre­nada for her chance at win­ning an ad­di­tional $5000 in cash plus a lap­top. The Soufriere Pri­mary School will also re­ceive an ad­di­tional $5000 in cash. Miss Alphonse will also re­ceive “One Year Free In­ter­net Com­ple­ments FLOW”.

Sec­ond run­ner up, Aiyanna Descartes from the Mon Repos Com­bined School walked away with $750 in cash, while Dre Eti­enne from the La­borie Boys Pri­mary, third run­ner up, walked away with $500 in cash. Cer­tifi­cates of par­tic­i­pa­tion as well as com­ple­men­tary prizes were pre­sented to the par­tic­i­pants by Courts. The eight fi­nal­ists also re­ceived a Smart­phone each from Dig­i­cel – Be Ex­tra­or­di­nary, and an ed­u­ca­tional ham­per from the Lions Club of Cas­tries. First, sec­ond and third place tro­phies were also pre­sented to the win­ners and were spon­sored by the Tro­phy Cen­tre. FLOW St. Lu­cia, pre­sented the top three place­ments with an ad­di­tional smart­phone.

Courts St. Lu­cia would like to thank, Her Ex­cel­lency, Dame Pear­lette Louisy, Gover­nor Gen­eral of St. Lu­cia, The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, In­no­va­tion, Gen­der Re­la­tions and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment, The Hon­or­able Dr. Gale Rigob­ert, Flow St. Lu­cia, Dig­i­cel – Be Ex­tra­or­di­nary, The Lions Club of Cas­tries, Exel Signs, DBS TV, Cal­abash TV, HTS TV, Ra­dio Caribbean In­ter­na­tional and The Tro­phy Cen­tre. Spe­cial thanks to the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, Cur­ricu­lum Spe­cial­ist for English Lan­guage Mrs. An­gela Mari­atte from CAMDU, par­ents, teachers and prin­ci­pals from dis­tricts 1-8 whose sup­port of this ini­tia­tive through­out the years has been valu­able. With­out you, this com­pe­ti­tion would not have been suc­cess­ful.

To our prospec­tive Na­tional Fi­nal­ists for 2017 – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go.” Dr. Seuss. Courts Bring­ing Value Home.

Ke­shaun Alphonse proudly dis­plays her tro­phy as Courts 2016 Spell­ing Bee Champ.

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