Kharyce Moonie a nine-year-old student of the Plain View Combined School in St. Lucia has won the 4th OECS Courts Reading competition.
Moonie who received a cash prize of $5000, a laptop, trophy and $5000 for her school said that she was excited to be the 2012 winner of the competition. She thanked her parents and teachers who assisted her in preparing for the competition.
The competition was held at the Arawak House of Culture on Wednesday afternoon.
Competitors had to read a short narrative passage called “The Camel and the Pig” and each was given a news item to present.
Dominica’s Aiden Bruney of the Wesley Primary school placed second, walking away with a cash prize of $3,000 while Aleeza Burroughs of St. Kitts placed third, receiving a $2,000 cash prize.
Other participants of the competition included Orion Warner of Antigua, Xenique Daize of St. Vincent, and Nyturia Smith of Grenada.
Speaking at the competition Minister of Education Petter Saint Jean told students reading is fundamental to their education. “You have discovered a peculiar treasure and you will derive many benefits. Reading is fundamental and one cannot survive without being able to make sense of the written word,” he said.
Saint Jean advised student to read and read well. ” A person is limited without a good comprehension base,” he said.
Shania Edwards of the Massacre Primary school was the 2011 winner of the reading competition.