Screen_Shot_2014-12-08_at_7.55.35_PMA few weeks ago we told you about the Belize National Library Service’s countrywide reading competition that saw primary school students take on the best readers in the country. On November 28th the National Championship competition took centre stage in Belize City and emerging as the top winner was Deianeira Roshelle Flores from La Inmaculada RC Primary School. Today, we found out that the school took first and third places in the competition. It’s a huge accomplishment for the school and for the participants. We spoke with the National Champions and their coach today after a short recognition ceremony at the La Inmaculada Church.

 

Valeria Blanco– 3rd Place

 

“It was a very nice experience for me that going for the national for the reading competition.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Now you place third, amongst all the top spellers in the entire country, who help you, get to that part?”


Valeria Blanco– 3rd Place


“Mrs. Celeste Novelo, my coach and my parents they helped me a lot.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How long did it take you to study, do you after classes go home and read and stuff like that?”


Valeria Blanco– 3rd Place


“Well after classes I would have to meet up with Mrs. Novelo to practice the reading and then at home I would have to practice with my mother and my father.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Ok now, do you enjoy reading?”


Valeria Blanco– 3rd Place


“Yes, a lot”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“What is it about reading that you like so much?”


Valeria Blanco– 3rd Place


“The expression and the notation, having to include that in the reading”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“You are the national champion in the reading competition, how does that make you feel?”


Roshelle Flores – National Champion


“Well I have no words to say because I am so happy.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How was the competition for you was it challenging?”


Roshelle Flores – National Champion


“Yeah it was challenging because I hear d other good readers and I thought how can I beat them and I said this is going to be a challenge.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Talk to us in terms of your preparation, how much work went into it you being prepared to get into the competition?”

 

Roshelle Flores – National Champion


“Well after classes I went to my coach and we read a lot and I use to go home and practice too.”


Flori Valdez– Teacher, Upper Division


“We worked hard for several weeks and we stayed back after classes and we would practice every day and even she would go to the library and get new books and we would basically do folklore stories here in school.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“Ok, did you foresee or predict this result?”


Flori Valdez– Teacher, Upper Division


“Actually we went there with a bit of confidence and we were sure that she was going to do a good job but we were shocked at the first place and we were so excited that we came back the happiest people.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“How was the competition in your perspective?”


Flori Valdez– Teacher, Upper Division


“It was a tough competition and the six districts participated and we were triumphant and we brought up the first place.”

 

We’d like to take the time out to congratulate these top readers who hail from the North! Kudos.

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