St. Kitts and Nevis wins Courts OECS Reading Competition

The winner poses with his parents
The winner poses with his parents

Hrishikesh Srinidasan, of St. Kitts and Nevis, was named the winner of the Courts OECS Reading Competition held at the Arawak House of Culture in Roseau on Thursday afternoon.

Srinidasan outperformed five competitors, to garner a total of 697 points in two rounds (Narrative, and News Item) to capture the title. He was awarded $5,000 and a Kindle Fire tablet.

“I feel excited, I feel happy…” the elated winner said. “I would like to thank firstly Courts, for sponsoring the competition, the education department for allowing me to enter, my teachers…for helping me, and I want to thank my parents and fans for supporting me.”

He revealed his plans to give some of his winnings to charity, put some towards his college fund, and keep a bit for himself.

Srinidasan’s teacher, Shenina Williams, expressed her excitement, not only that her student won, but at the fact that he was the first from St. Kitts and Nevis to capture the title.

“I’m so excited. My whole class showed up at the airport today, and told him ‘bring the trophy back home’, so that we were able to do that is an incredible feeling,” she stated. “We got to the finals four times, but I think this is the first time we would be winning.”

Shekinah Campbell, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, was awarded 691 points, for the first runner-up position. She took home $3,000.

Second runner up, with 688 points, was Jazz Dias, of Antigua and Barbuda. She was awarded $2,000.

Each of the six contestants received a certificate, a participation trophy, a Digicel smartphone, a laptop compliments Courts, and a book (‘God Has No Grandchildren’ by Peter Augustine).

The competitors were: Madanna Auguiste (Dominica), Arianna Mercier (St. Lucia), Eden Otwoi (Grenada), Shekinah Campbell (St. Vincent), Hrishikesh Shrinidasan (St. Kitts and Nevis), and Jazz Dias (Antingua).

Runner ups Shekinah Campbell, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines (right) and Jazz Dias, of Antigua and Barbuda
Runner ups Shekinah Campbell, from St. Vincent and the Grenadines (right) and Jazz Dias, of Antigua and Barbuda
The competitors
The competitors

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  1. March 6, 2016


  2. What Next
    March 6, 2016

    hhmmm the beginning of the end

  3. mine
    March 6, 2016

    Congratulation to all cause you all worked hard to get this far. You all are winners keep up the good works

  4. observer
    March 5, 2016

    Congrats to them all.

  5. Face the Facts
    March 4, 2016

    Congratulations to the winner.
    Congratulations to the others who placed.
    Each one of you have done your best.
    There can only be one winner and first and second runner-up.
    Good luck next time around for those who did not win. The fact that you received a gift indicates that you did your utmost and your presence was appreciated.
    Hope your stay in D/ca was enjoyable and that you love the country and will return someday.
    God bless you all! Keep up the godly spirit!
    Yes! God has no grandchildren. He only has children and everyone is regarded as His Child.
    Our parents played a part in procreating us.
    We belong to God!

  6. GB
    March 4, 2016

    Congrats young man and to all the other participants.. You all did great.

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