St. Lucian Students Set the Gold Standard in 2018 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

ST. LUCIA’S presence continues to be increasingly felt at the world’s oldest international schools’ writing contest, as six of its ten participants were awarded with various certificates this year.

In what can only be described as a positive trend, the country saw a more than 300% increase in the number of participants in this year’s Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition as compared to last, and had more award recipients this year, than participants over the last 2 years combined.

As the SLUDTERA website reads: “Ten students from St. Lucia participated in the 2018 competition, and of those ten students, six of them emerged as having successfully attained the awards of gold, silver and bronze certificates from the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) – a feat which is not easily attained due to the judging rubric and criteria.”

The site goes on to cite Ms. Fleming, the Programmes Officer, Youth & Education of the Royal Commonwealth Society, who said that “in 2017, two entries were received from St Lucia and in 2016, there were 3″.

These numbers pale in comparison to the number of participants in 2018 [10], and combined over the previous two years, fall one short of awardees from St. Lucia this year

“This is a fantastic achievement!” Fleming is quoted as stating about St. Lucia’s participation and success in this year’s Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition.

The SLUDTERA website said the feat was definitely an improvement and with more work being done in St. Lucia with our young children in Literacy, these numbers will hopefully increase.

The website also announced that 3 of the 6 awardees will be publicly recognized for their performance in the 2018 Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition next month.

Khadijah Halliday currently of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (formerly of The St. Joseph’s Convent), Kishelle Auguste of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School and Azoja Howell currently of the Seventh Day Adventist Academy…will be recognized during/following an event hosted by SLUDTERA called Startup Huddle St. Lucia.

This event will take place on Wednesday January 9th 2019 in the Bougainvillea Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet from 9:30 am onward where all three students will receive their certificates and other tokens provided by partners and sponsors.

Dean Nestor is from Choiseul but from young adulthood, his years were spent in Castries. He studied at St. Mary’s College from 1999 to 2004 and later pursued a college education in English Literature, History and Sociology at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College from 2004 to 2006.

After graduating from Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, he began working as a teacher from 2009 until 2016...Read full bio...


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