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Winners of the St. Mary leg of the Jamaica Library Service’s National Reading Competition were presented to the people of the parish on Thursday(July 27) during a motorcade from Highgate to Port Maria.
Those participating in the motorcade were Roshawn Thompson of Port Maria Primary School, winner of the six to eight category; Malessa Henry of Trinity Primary School, winner of the nine to 11 category; Patrice Christie of St. Mary High School, winner of the 12 to 14 age group; Sheson James, winner of the 15 to 20 age group and Dacio Harrison, winner of the 21 and over group.
They will go on to represent St. Mary in the national finals, which will be held in September.
Keisha Campbell, Contest coordinator for St. Mary, said that the reading competition, held between April and June, was aimed at encouraging residents to develop the habit of reading.
Miss Campbell said the assignment given to the competitors varied in accordance with their ages and comprised: writing a letter about books read during the competition; completing cross word puzzles; rewriting stories to create different endings; book and script reviews; comprehension exercises; and the paraphrasing of stories read during the competition.
She congratulated the winners and also commended the other participants, noting that in addition to the prizes received by the winners, certificates of participation were presented to all the competitors.
Miss Campbell said she was “highly encouraged” by the enthusiasm of the people of St. Mary towards the competition and expressed confidence that the programme would achieve its objective of encouraging more people to read.