After weeks of preliminary rounds of competition, nine-year-old Melody Garrett, a student of the Mt. Rose SDA Primary School emerged winner of the 11th annual Courts reading competition amassing 475 points.
Caleb Mc Sween of St. Matthew’s R.C, placed 2nd with 468 points while 3rd place went to Nakayla Baldeo of St. John’s Anglican School who totalled 412 points.
Melody’s victory followed a very keen contest and she will go on to represent Grenada in St. Lucia in the regional competition carded for February 11th.
Marketing Officer of Unicomer (Grenada) ltd- Mr DeLeon Walters said since the inception of the competition over ten years ago, it has been placed high on Courts’ calendar of events because of the many fruitful benefits that have been derived over the years.
He said the company feels good to know it is doing something good to help shape the minds of the nation’s children.
“It is not an easy task for these little brave students to be able to stand before an audience and deliver a narrative or a new item, something that many of us as adults sometimes have a hard time doing and for this they must be applauded”, Walters said.
He urged parents to continue working with their children especially the boys, as it is not the responsibility of their teachers only to do so, hinting that the child at home and the child at school are very different as their course of action may change.
All six finalists gave brilliant accounts of themselves as they delivered in round one a narrative piece called ‘The foolish friend’ and a new item in round two ‘Enhancing IT in education for all’.
The victorious student earned the first prize of $1,500.00 for herself and $1,000.00 for her school.
Second prize was $750.00 while third place secured $500.00.
All students received certificates of participation along with tokens from supporting sponsors, Standard Bookshop and Grenada Union of Teachers (GUT). Other finalists were Jahzara Gay of Hillsborough Primary School, David Pluttin of St. George’s SDA and Adara Francis of Corinth Government.
Ms George, a grade three teacher at Mt. Rose SDA described Melody as a gifted student who is one of the most well-behaved children at the school. She said the student loves reading and prepared by looking at the news nightly while at the school she engaged in practice sessions of narrative pieces as well as news items. She was chosen based on her ability to read fluently with very good word attack skills, she is motivated to read and not afraid to speak in public.
The result came as no surprise to her and the school and she expressed excitement at Melody representing Grenada in St. Lucia.
According to Melody, “It was not very challenging, I practised a lot, I am very elated to have won and therefore I will continue to pray and practice so that I can do my best in representing my school and country”.
Melody advised other students that if reading is something they enjoy they should keep on reading and not let anyone stop them.