Tishieka tops reading competition field
BROWNS TOWN, St Ann:
St Hilda's High School student Tishieka Thompson not only won her age group category, 12-14 years old, but also emerged with the top score overall as the St Ann chapter of the National Reading Competition climaxed with a prize-giving ceremony at the St Ann Parish Library on Monday.
The full list of winners read: 6-8 years category - Samarnah Hall; 9-11 years, Tafari Jackson; 12-14 years, Tishieka Thompson; 15-20 years, Ntini Edwards; and the 21 and over category, Ugochukwu Durueke.
All winners were presented with trophies, courtesy of C&WJ Cooperative Credit Union, along with several other prizes, which include cash, passes to hotels and attractions, as well as books, gift baskets and tablets donated by Books for the Caribbean.
"I feel happy, very happy," Tishieka told Rural Xpress.
She added that she had little difficulty this year with the competition.
"It wasn't that challenging because I read all the books on time and really had extra time to spare," Tishieka told Rural Xpress.
She said she got some help from her mother the night before, with questions, as she prepared for the final exam.
READY FOR NAT'L FINALS
For the national finals in Kingston in August, parish winners will go up against each other in age group categories. Tishieka said she is prepared and ready to go.
"I want to just do my best and do the work to the fullest of my ability," said the student who is a member of the Bamboo Branch Library.
Meanwhile, senior librarian at the St Ann Parish Library, Kelonie Noble, is pleased with the quality of readers who will represent St Ann at the nationals, and believes Tishieka will do quite well.
"First, she did so well and we congratulate her for that, and to be honest with you, I'm expecting a great deal from her because she did very well. she got high marks and the judges were really impressed with her," Noble said.
More than 166 readers across the parish entered the competition in all age groups. Each participant was required to read six books, two of which were compulsory, after which they did a written test. From that test, finalists went on to the buzzer section, with the eventual winners being chosen based on scores from the written tests and the buzzer segment.