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 $5000 cash for themselves and $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 year’s 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 Angella Mariatte – Head Judge.
Each student was given the same narrative to read and a different Country news piece at the competition. It is with great pride that we at Courts commend each National finalist for such a phenomenal and high level performance at the Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition. Although all the National 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 very own, Shekinah Campbell. Ms 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… 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners each received a smartphone from Digicel and other equally amazing prizes from our valued partners.
The eighth annual Courts OECS Reading Competition finals will be held in St. Kitts in October this year where our 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. Without you, this competition would not have been successful.
To our prospective finalists – see you in St. Kitts this year!