Youngsters excel in Hanover Parish Library reading competition
Claudia Gardner, Assignment Coordinator
The Hanover Parish Library crowned its five reading champions at its leg of the Annual National Reading Championship in Lucea on Monday, which was held under the theme 'Read: Anywhere, anytime, any book'.
In the junior categories, the champions were eight-year-old Allier Thompson, a student of the Lucea Primary School and a member of the Jericho Branch Library, who took home the top award in the six to eight year old category; 11-year-old Shania Morris, a member of the Chester Castle Branch Library and a student at the Bethel Town Primary School, who won the nine to 11 year old category; and 14-year-old Darien Streete, a student of Cornwall College in Montego Bay and a Hopewell Branch Library member, who took top honours in the 12 to 14 year old's category.
The other two winners were 17-year-old Richard Palmer, a sixth-form student at the Rusea's High School and member of the Hopewell Branch library, who won the 15 to 20 year old category; and public relations officer at Beaches Negril and member of the Lucea Main Library, Trevesa DaSilva, who won the 21-year-old and over category.
The National Reading Competition was launched in 1988 as part of the Jamaica Library Service's 40th anniversary celebrations. The aim is to enable persons of all age groups to enjoy the benefits of reading, develop reading skills, facilitate exposure to highly rated literature, encourage reading habits, and reinforce reading as a positive and fun activity.
A mix of oral and written elements such as letters, book reviews, and puzzles were judged. The entrants' ability to read, understand and interpret set books and excerpts from books were the main determinants for selecting the respective winners.
Sponsors of the event included Dolphin Cove, Family Care Pharmacy, Grand Palladium Resort, Hanover Cooperative Credit Union, Jamaica National Building Society, Ken's Haberdashery, Kool Runnings Adventure Park, Neveast Office Depot, Sandals Resorts, Seaview Pharmacy, Snave Bookstore, Stationery Office Supplies, RIU Negril, the Rotary Club of Lucea, the Lucea branch of the National Commercial Bank, and Hoson's Food Fair.