Western Region’s Foundations Students Recognized for Reading Prowess

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Foundations students from the Madinat Zayed Women’s campus (MZW) have been honoured for their extraordinary achievements at the Western Region Colleges Foundations Reading Challenge, at an award ceremony held on January 19.

In the presence of Dr. Hashim Al Zaabi, Western Region campuses Director, Foundations students and faculty the results of the challenge were announced by Dr. Peter Stanfield, Chair of Foundations.

The Reading Challenge is an extensive reading competition which encourages Foundations students to acquire the habit of reading through which they find enthusiasm for knowledge, develop a broader vocabulary and form an intuitive understanding of English grammar.

The programme has been initiated and excellently run by the library assistants, Michael Barretto in Madinat Zayed and Ajith Sumangala in Ruwais.  Without their hard work and support the students and teachers could not have achieved such fine results.

Dr. Stanfield announced the runners up first and there was strong applause for them all with excitement mounting as the announcement of the overall winner drew closer.

The following awards were presented to the Madinat Zayed Women’s campus (MZW) readers:

  • Third Runner-up – Fatima Mabkhout Abdulla Naser Alkarbi (33,415 words)
  • Second Runner-up – Mashael Ibrahim Mal Alla Ali Alhammadi (36,495 words)
  • First Runner-up – Hamda Obaid Matar Ali Almazrouei (50,025 words)
  • Overall Winner – Zeyada Matar Almas Mohamed Alhemeli (55,149 words)
  • Best Class Performance – section N2B

The class award for section N2B was collected by its current teacher Mary (Rita) Macdonagh, who accepted the prize from Dr. Hashim Alzaabi on behalf of its original teacher Mr. Richard Brush, who led the class to this success but who recently retired.

The Ruwais Women’s campus (RWW) Foundations students were awarded prizes for their reading efforts, at a previous ceremony on December 5, where Dr. Hashim officiated at a full gathering of the Foundations team.

In that ceremony Noora Mubarak Obaid Mubarak Al Mansoori having read 11, 990 words and Amna Mohamed Hasan Abdulla Al Hammadi with 12,944 words both received Excellent Performance prizes.  The second runner up was Aljzi Salem Obaid Salem Al Mansoori with 13,796 words and first runner up was Safeya Mohamed Ali Abdullah Al Hammadi with 18,072 words.  The RWW winner was Moza Naser Ali Mohamed Al Mansoori with a truly massive word score of 70,495.

The Reading Challenge continues this semester and the whole Foundations department continues to encourage students to read extensively and become the next college champion!

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