George Moody was represented by Ms. Alezea Burroughs of Grade 5, with Ms. Soleil Martin as the alternate. Alezea won from a field of five private schools, which included the Maurice Hillier Memorial School, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Ross Preparatory School and host Seventh Day Adventist.
Burroughs impressed the judges with her poignant pronunciations and excellent eloquence, propelling “Factory School” to a resounding first place finish with 283 points, with Seventh Day Adventist placing second with 234 points.
“This is a very proud moment for us, to have once again won the Private Schools Zone. This is further evidence of the hard work of our dedicated teachers, and the high level of education that our students receive in all areas, including reading, which can often be overlooked as children progress through the school system.” said Mrs. Elizabeth Condell, Principal of the George Moody Stuart School.
The students, aged 8-9 years, were first required to read a passage provided by the judges. They were then asked to read a second piece which was a news item normally extracted from the newspapers. The participants were not given the material to study beforehand.
Having won the Private Schools Zone, “Factory School” will now go on to compete in the National Finals among the various Zone winners throughout the Federation. This event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 10th October. The National winner will then go on to Dominica to represent the Federation in the Courts O.E.C.S. Reading Competition.