Winners of Sunrise Butterfly Storybook contest announced | THE DAILY HERALD

Rotary Sunrise President Valda Hazel and Project Coordinator Marcellia Henry pose with one of the winners of the Butterfly Storybook contest.

PHILIPSBURG– St. Joseph School pupil Shandrigia Marsham (7) and Mikage Che Naveah Dorcelus (9) of Ruby Labega School were selected winners of the Butterfly Storybook competition held recently.

The Butterfly Storybook Project is an annual writing competition organised by the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean for young emerging writers in the Caribbean ages 7-11. This year, the participants had to write about acts of kindness, friendship, leadership and/or respect.

Stories were submitted by Ruby Labega School, St. Joseph School, Hillside Christian Schools Asha Stevens campus, and both Methodist Agogic Centre (MAC) campuses. The top three stories were selected by members of Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise and sent on to the Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean to be judged.

Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise President Valda Hazel congratulated Marsham and Dorcelus for being the overall winners. She thanked participants and the schools’ principals, advisors, and classroom teachers for embracing this project and encouraging their pupils’ participation.

“Our Rotary Club continues to be an advocate for literacy on our island, and will continue to support and encourage schoolchildren to read, write and participate in activities that promote this, like the Butterfly story competition, and our signature project with Philipsburg Jubilee Library ‘Readers Are Leaders Programme’,” she said.

Project coordinator Marcellia Henry said, ”This was the third time our club has asked schools to participate in this writing competition, and for the third time participants from St. Maarten have won. Previous winners were Sacha Tobias in 2016, and Khushi J. Soneji in 2017 of MAC Browlia Maillard Campus, and Nagely Andujar Vargas in 2017 of Ruby Labega School.

She mentioned that the stories by Marsham and Dorcelus will be published in the 2018-2019 edition of The Butterfly Storybook along with 10 other stories submitted by participants from other islands of Rotary District 7020. The book will be published in English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole, and will be available for purchase worldwide on

For their outstanding accomplishment, the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunrise rewarded both young ladies with Samsung tablets. Other prizes they received were US $50 in prize money from Rotary E-Club of the Caribbean and a winner’s certificate. Both will also receive signed copies of The Butterfly Storybook from District 7020’s District Governor, Dr. Patrick Adizua, which will be given at the Rotary District Conference in Jamaica in May.

Source: The Daily Herald