Kaylee Robertson, this country’s candidate for the 2016 edition of the Courts OECS Reading Competition, says that she believes that she can bring home the elusive trophy to St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Nine year-old Kaylee, a student of the Stubbs Primary School, earned the right to represent her country at the competition, slated for St Kitts and Nevis this year, when she won the local leg of the event last week Friday at the Peace memorial Hall in Kingstown, defeating six other schools in the process.
The Kingstown Preparatory School’s Kaige Cruickshank placed second, while Azaria Commissiong of the Windsor Primary School came third.
Kaylee said that she is nervously looking forward to the regional finals,
“I feel a little afraid but I think I can do it this time. I think I can win and bring home the trophy.
“If I win I will jump and hug my mom and I will be so happy,” excited Kaylee said in an interview after Friday’s event.
The youngster is not the only person hoping for a regional win, local organizers are hoping that the Vincentian drought would come to an end, since St Vincent and the Grenadines have not won the event since it began eight years ago.
Officials felt that previous local finalists came extremely close to winning the title, and hope that Kaylee can break the spell, and “bring home the bacon” for her country.
Kaylee credited her teacher Miss George and her mother, who inspired her, for the victory, and thanked Courts for the opportunity to represent her country.
She was also thankful for the support she received from her school mates and her school, and especially excited about the prizes won, which includes: A smart Phone from Flow, A Tablet from Searchlight Newspaper, $2000, along with other prizes from Better brands, St Vincent Brewery (Vitamalt), Jujube Bookstore.
Kaylee said that she thought the competition was good, and enjoyed both reading pieces; a narrative, and a news report.
She indicated that she will be taking preparations for the regional finals seriously, and that she is very “happy and excited” about winning and going overseas.
“I am actually going to spend some extra time reading, and spend time with the teacher and stay back at school in the evenings, Kaylee said.