Shanda Francis wins DBS Radio Reading Competition

Shanda Francis in action during the finals of the DBS Reading Competition
Shanda Francis in action during the finals of the DBS Reading Competition

Shanda Francis of the Lighthouse Christian Academy is the winner of the DBS Radio/Ministry of Education Reading Competition.

She earned 490 points during the competition.

In second place with 470 points, was  Mallet Marie of Pioneer Prep.

Third position went to Merkayla John Baptiste – Convent Prep.

Anicia Coipel of the St. Matin’s school placed fourth..

The winner takes home $2,000, a laptop plus other prizes.

The winning school also got $2,000.

The competition took place at the Arawak House of Culture on Friday afternoon.

It was sponsored by courts.

Shanda is from the Kalinago Territory.

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  1. July 15, 2013

    Congrats shanda I know your mom and dad are very proud of you. Keep it up.

  2. Anonymous
    July 15, 2013

    Congrats Shanda, job well done.

  3. Dominican by birth
    July 15, 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS young lady keep it up

  4. LHCA mom
    July 14, 2013

    Light Christian Academy is a private school located in Akinson.

    • .........
      July 14, 2013

      They are doing very well. They were one of the top schools for the Common Entrance.

  5. Pussinka
    July 14, 2013

    This is a very good move by Felix Henderson to start that contest. It was reported that the most literate people were the Bajans. With this competition our percentage of literate people will rise. This augurs well for the future. I hope the winner will be invited to the book Fair coming up.

  6. Anonymous
    July 14, 2013

    Congrats to all. You ALL are winners

  7. Proud Dominican
    July 13, 2013

    Congrates to the winner Shanda. All the kids read well, very proud to know we have such great readers in our Lil Island Dominica. Teachers, Parents keep up the great works. by the way where is Light house Christian Academy ? They have been performing very well.

  8. Jason
    July 13, 2013

    Go, Shanda!!! LCA :-D

  9. Private
    July 13, 2013

    DNO….you have shares in the reading business man!

  10. fil
    July 13, 2013

    congratulation to all may God continue to bless each and everyone of you with your school works.

  11. proud mom
    July 13, 2013

    congrats baby love. Mom,dad and the entire home circle are so proud of you. keep on heading to the stars.with God all things are possible!!

  12. Beautiful
    July 13, 2013

    Oh wonderful…. Keep it up Courts and all the other organizers

  13. real
    July 13, 2013

    To God be the glory. congratulations young lady, congratulations lighthouse Christian academy. thanks for molding the minds of our young people. you all are doing a fantastic job. let God be praised

  14. sandrine francis
    July 13, 2013

    I would like to say a special thank you to the staff of DBS and the other organizers of the reading competition for a job well done. On behalf of the other parents I would like to thank Mr. Felix Henderson for his hard work with the children through out this event. I would also like to thank the staff of the Lighthouse Christian Acedemy the kalinago community and all the other supporters who encouraged shanda and family along the way. Congrats again to my daughter as we look forward to greater things in the OECS competition later this year.

    • Allicock
      July 15, 2013

      Go Sandrine!!! :-D

  15. July 13, 2013

    congrats to all the 10 participants especially to the top 4 winners and particularly to merkayla from the convent prep. continue to make ur school and family proud

  16. Anonymous
    July 13, 2013

    Congratulations Shanda, i know your parents are very proud of you. Well deserved!

  17. blessed
    July 13, 2013

    Congrats to these youths, their parents and teachers. Keep up the good work. Blessings.

  18. justice
    July 13, 2013

    A winning bunch,congrats Mallet J and pioneer prep you’ve done well.soon my daughter will join you guys.Excellent teachers!

    • letstalkreal
      July 14, 2013

      But that child didn’t learn to read in that school!!!!

  19. Private
    July 13, 2013

    Is it meeting its objectives? Yes say the organizers. We have two major concerns in the primary schools, reading and maths. For these competitions, the best readers are the ones who participate in the competition. They will continue to be on top and excel academically. Now what happens of the majority of the others who cannot read, do not like to read, do not have an organized reading program at thier school, do not ave the support of parents and teachers to encourage reading? I would personally like to get involved in a program to help that group of children and congratulate those who are already reading well.

  20. Me
    July 13, 2013

    very good little ones. you all have done well. you make us proud.

  21. Anonymous
    July 13, 2013

    Congrats to Ms Francis, her parents, teachers and school -Light House Academy. You do a wonderful job! Continue to guide and lay the excellent foundation for our future generations.

  22. NB
    July 13, 2013

    Well done!!!

  23. LHCA mom
    July 13, 2013

    Congratulations to shanda, indeed your hard work has paid off. To Mrs. Challenger and your family, especially your mom, a job well done. Shanda you made us proud. :-D

  24. Anonymous
    July 13, 2013

    As a Dominican living overseas I am pleased to read about the success of our young students. Stories like these warm my heart because these students are the future of our beloved country. Education is the key on being successful in this tough economy. Congratulations to the teachers, mentors and most importantly the parents in taking a keen interest in the enhancement of these students education.

  25. Kalinagowarrior
    July 13, 2013

    Way to go Shan. Congratulations, show the world what Kalinago can do.We are also going to win in St.Luciaas well.Just let God be in the lead.

  26. Looking in
    July 13, 2013

    Congrats to all. You all are winners in every aspect. Keep up the good work. Kaaaliiinnnnaaagggooooo again. yipee

  27. Anonymous
    July 13, 2013

    That’s right show them how we FRANCIS do!!

  28. Vee
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations to all of you, but especially
    to Merkayla. I see you’ve got your mom’s brains.

  29. LHCA mom
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations shanda, a job well done.TO, Mrs Challenger and Shanda’s family, especially her mom, your hard work has paid off.
    You have made us proud.

  30. sweetness
    July 12, 2013

    You go girl!! u did awesome, so proud of u!!
    congrats to the school esp Mrs. Challenger!!

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  32. ???????????
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations to all of you. You are all winners.

  33. dominican in us
    July 12, 2013

    where is lighthouse academy? I have never heard this school before, congrats to u.

  34. dominican in China
    July 12, 2013

    THAT CHILD WAS MY WINNER from day 1. she will be the next island scholar trust me.

  35. village girl
    July 12, 2013

    ohhhh i’m really proud of my people!! :-P

  36. Anonymous
    July 12, 2013

    congrats shanda!

  37. Congratulations!
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations to Shanda and the Lighthouse Christian Academy!!! That school really works with its students and I am very proud of all of them. I think its the only school that won the competition twice!!! It does not matter what it takes, my son will continue to go to Lighthouse Christian Academy. For those of you ”who think education is expensive, try ignorance”. Congratulations to Shanda and LCA. Go Shanda!!

  38. Free Thinker
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations to the winners………DOMINICANS CAN READ!!

  39. Jason Joseph
    July 12, 2013

    Go Shanda!!!! LCA

  40. July 12, 2013

    congrats my grand niece job well done.

  41. Proud Supporter
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations to all the participants !!! Dominica is proud of all of those who made it to the finals, especially our top 4 ! However, I’d like to point out that the total score was out of 500, therefore the top score could not possibly have been 570.

  42. "O" STRESS"
    July 12, 2013

    Congratulations!! to all who participated in the reading competition. Listening to our future leaders read, sent goose bumps up my spine. Also want to big up the organizers it shows that some of us care about shaping the future and preparing our youths keep up the good work. They`re all winners!!!!.

  43. wow
    July 12, 2013

    congrats….they all are winners to me…i had great fun listening to Felix Henderson all through the competitions with his funny jokes and reality checks

  44. Suki
    July 12, 2013

    congrats to everyone….you all have done well

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