Shania Edwards grabs top spot in reading competition

The winners. From left: Shania Edwards (first place), Hali Prince (second) and Leston Laurent (third)

Nine-year-old Shania Edwards of the Massacre Primary School grabbed the top spot and emerged winner of the DBS, Ministry of Education, Courts, and OECS Reading Competition held yesterday.

She took home $2,000 and a laptop as part of her prize.

In second place came Hali Prince of the St. Luke’s Primary School, Leston Laurent of the Seneku Primary School came third while Grace Ettiene of the Delices Primary School came fourth.

Prince won himself $1,000, Laurent $750 and Ettiene $500.

Laurent and Prince were also awarded desktop computers.

Other participants in the competition were awarded $500 each for thier participation. They are Neoma Durand, Kayjah Charles, Shannique Henderson, Adelle Durand, Nicole Vigilant and Kiethan Vidal.

The competition took place at the Arawak House of Culture under the theme “Read Today for Tomorrow.”

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  1. babybri
    March 2, 2013

    good job shaniah luv u all u made massacre primary very proud indeed muah :lol:

  2. UH HUH
    July 4, 2011


  3. Tutu
    July 3, 2011

    It’s great to see Massacre Primary School and its students doing well. As a graduate of the school in am proud. Very proud.

  4. Basal
    July 3, 2011

    Congratualtions to young Shania Edwards for a job well done. We should also congratulate her parents and teachers for making such a challenging task a success. I am so proud of miss Edwards for putting the Massacre Government school on the map because I am an alumni of same. This educational institution has been the foundation for my success today. I am so proud to be a Dominican every time I read success stories like these. Keep up the good work my brothers and sisters. I beleive very soon students from all over the world will come to Dominica to fullfil their educational needs. We are on track to having the highest standard of education in the world.

  5. Anonymous
    July 3, 2011


  6. Anonymous
    July 2, 2011

    Congrats to the little girls. one thing DNO why is the winner’s pic, not the one showing on the home page? allow her that credit souplay.Prince is herself not himself. monsieur man. Make those little girls come on there and be rewarded with the honour of a good story to read.

    Congrats Darlings!!

  7. teacher
    July 2, 2011

    Hey Shannia, Congratulations to you. I never doubted that you would have made it to the top. You have always loved reading, and from the time you entered this competition, you have been training hard. You worked well with your teachers and parents, listened to comments made by the judges, took advice from your teachers, and continually showed improvement every time. You have definitely put into practice what you have learned. Keep up the good work and continue to read, as we look forward to preparing you for the OECS competition. Mr and Mrs Edwards , continue to enjoy the moment and bask in success.Teachers of the Massacre Primary School, continue the hard work.

  8. Friend
    July 2, 2011

    Shaniah you are a very strong and determined child and your hard work has shown tremendous results, continue to strive for the best my darling. You have made us all proud and continue to read my girl. We love you.

  9. Shane
    July 2, 2011

    Congratulations to you Shaniah, You have made your big brother and your family proud. We LOVE you baby girl. Hooray for Niah!!! :-D

  10. July 2, 2011

    Congratulations to the winner and Leston Laurent you made the boys and your school proud. I am opined that The girl from the St. Luke’s Primary was by far the best reader.

  11. Delices Passe
    July 2, 2011

    Congrats Grace, you did well. Delices has been very consistent in every thing. Keep up the good work.

    July 2, 2011


  13. Gazette feuille caco
    July 2, 2011

    Negative comments as usual. Hats off to all the participants.A hefty congratulations to all the winners. Parents where are our sons? Fathers where are your sons of the same age group? Parents please let’s encourage our children to read.Reading is the foundation on which their success depends.Parents please encourage your children to read during the summer vacations.It will pay off in the not to distant future.

  14. unfair
    July 2, 2011

    that was the worst reading competition. poorly judged and unfair. They need to come better than that or they will have less schools participating next year.

    • Roseau MAN!
      July 2, 2011

      Make your case, but!do not be a sour looser. Lets see if this positive news will generate over 100 post. I doubt it cause its not beff or drama,its not Dear bella or news concerning our police force. That makes it a tipical Dominica type of mind set. Lets see who the cap fit.

    • Anonymous
      July 2, 2011

      Were you at the competition? Did you listen to the comments from the judges? The competition was judged fairly. We did not have the script in front of us to see what they were reading. Some left out words, put in their own words, made incorrect pauses, poor voice control. All throughout they were cautioned about these things even saying the before a vowel, and some never took hid. So we must be careful when we make those comments.

    • teacher
      July 2, 2011

      Please get your facts straight before making comments. Were you aware of the criteria, and paying attention to the advice given by the judges? I guess not.

    • bb
      March 2, 2013

      oh plzzzzz stupessssss

  15. coastline
    July 2, 2011

    congratulations to the Sineku Primary School!!! congrats to all!!!!

  16. corn
    July 2, 2011

    Leston was the only boy to place…whats happening to our boys in Dominica????????? come on parents…..

  17. Anonymous
    July 2, 2011

    Congratulations to all…especially the Sineku Primary School..Leston!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Dominican in NY
    July 2, 2011

    I am so Proud of you Shania, Keep up the good work!I’m also from Massacre.

  19. la beauty
    July 2, 2011

    congtrats to all the readers..they are all winners cuz it aint ezee 2 go in front of a large audience and read..gr8 gifts also for the winners :)

  20. Diana
    July 2, 2011

    Congratulations Shania and to the hardworking teachers at Massacre Primary…I am so proud to be a parent affiliated to the school…Hip hip Hooray!!!!!

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