Eight schools from St. Martin and Anguilla, and one individual student entrant have signed up for the “St. Martin Caribbean Social Studies Competition,” said Shujah Reiph, coordinator of the St. Martin Book Fair.
The info-packed, chock-full-of-prizes competition is a youth project of the island-wide literary festival. The 40 participating students are from eight high schools on both parts of St. Martin, and from the neighboring island of Anguilla, said Reiph.
In connection with the St. Martin Book Fair’s 20th anniversary, “I’m happy to welcome our neighbors from Anguilla to participate for the first time in the Caribbean social studies competition. The Book Fair Committee is looking forward to hosting the young people from Anguilla and to see the positive interaction of our students from both islands,” said Reiph.
The participants will be quizzed on Caribbean history, creative arts, political and sports personalities, liberation struggles, animals, trees, and fruits of the region, and “our cities and flags and other exciting things,” said Reiph.
On May 28, the 2nd and 3rd form students, ages 14 -17, will gather at the high school Cité Scolaire Robert Weinum in Savanna, Grand Case, for the live online broadcast of the competition and vie for the winning prizes, said Reiph.
The St. Martin Caribbean Social Studies Competition was launched as a pre-book fair program in May 2021 and this is the first year that a school from another Caribbean island is participating, said Reiph.
The St. Martin Book Fair takes place on June 2 – 4, 2022. The theme of the literary festival in 2022 is “The Rebirth.”