Jarett Jean-Jacques of St. Luke’s Primary has won the second competition in the quarter finals of the DBS Radio/Ministry of Education and Courts-sponsored National Reading Competition. He got the highest score of 172 points.
2nd place went to Woodfordhill Primary School represented by Keila Alexander with a total of 160 points, followed by Wesley Primary School represented by Monica Polydore with 146 points in 3rdplace. Coming in 4th with 136 points was Yanson Hilaire from the Petite Savanne Primary and the 5th spot went to the Christian Union Primary school represented by Makayla Dyer with a total of 134 points. These five schools will move on to the semi finals of the competition.
The students were given a narrative and a news item which they had to read out loud to a packed audience at the Public Service Union. They were judged by former Education minister Sonia Williams and Kimone Joseph of the UWI School of Contimuing Studies.
The third and last quarter final will be held on Friday. A total of 18 students will advance to the semifinals which begin next week out of which 10 will go on to the final.
But the highly anticipated annual competition is facing bumps in the road this year, Senior Producer at DBS Andrea Louis, told Dominica News Online (DNO).
According to her, the coordinator of the competition Felix Henderson, is still resting from an accident he had last week Tuesday when they were on their way back from a competition in St. Joseph.
“Naturally the audience has missed him and you would feel his absence, but we are trying our best and we hope that he is proud of us,” she said.
It is expected that Henderson will be back for the last competition in the quarter finals. The competition has also been affected by the Chikungunya epidemic which is ravaging the island.
” What we have noticed this year is that the competition is affected by the Chikungunya disease,” Louis said, “two pupils couldn’t make it today because they had Chikungunya.”
Louis revealed that so far they have had to recycle students who have already read.
The winner of this competition will travel to Grenada to compete in the DBS Radio Courts OECS Reading competition.
The winner also gets the opportunity to read a news cast or two at DBS Radio. The top ten will each receive a laptop or a computer and a night for two (student and parents or teacher) at a local hotel. There will also be monetary prizes and the school which produces the top reader will also be given a prize, among others.