Over 100 students from across the country gathered in Belize City on November 28th for the Belize National Library Service Reading competition. The good news tonight is that the north has proven to have some of the best readers in all of Belize and we met with one today. Meet Astrid Clavel, student of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Corozal district who excelled at the end of the competition.


Screen_Shot_2014-12-04_at_7.46.08_PMAstrid Clavel – Student.


“It makes me feel proud of myself because I know I am capable of very good things and at the same time happy because I know that my level of reading is very good and that it will help me a lot in college.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“You sat among some of the best reader’s country wide and you came up on top, now how that makes you feel, was it challenging?”


Astrid Clavel – Student.


“Yes because there was a little girl from Belize and she came out second and I thought that she was going to win it but I was so confident about myself.”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What was your motivation, what motivated you to study or to become a good reader and how will this help you now?”


Astrid Clavel – Student.


“My teacher and my coach helped me and encouraged me to read and my mom and my dad and all of them supported me which made me feel less nervous?”


Victor Castillo – Reporter


“What advice would you give your peers?”


Astrid Clavel – Student.


“I encourage them that if they are not reading to start reading because by reading you can travel the whole world without actually going there and it build up your vocabulary and it make you write very vivid stories.”


Each school was tasked to send a student to represent them in one of three categories. The organizers selected a story for them to read for which they got fifteen minutes to prepare. The last reading competition was held in 2000 and was discontinued due to financial constraints but organizers hope to keep up the momentum now that it has been revived.

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