Over 60 students from primary and secondary schools across the island will be presented with awards this Friday, October 2, for their efforts and participation in this year’s Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children’s Essay Contest.
The ceremony takes place at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre at 10:00 a.m. and will be addressed by Minister of Tourism, Richard Sealy.
Nine-year old, Barbadian, Christian Alleyne placed third in the Junior Division of the contest at the regional level. His entry also allowed him to top the Junior Division at the local level of the competition.
For his third place win, Christian will receive a cash scholarship in the amount of US$1000, while his school will receive a cheque in the same amount. He is a student of the Soteria Home School, taught by his mother Mrs. Camille Alleyne.
Meanwhile, Christian’s 13-year-old brother, Ethan Alleyne, who also attends Soteria Home School, won the Senior Division at the local end of the competition and will receive US$200.
Others receiving awards at the local level were: Zachary Yearwood of Wills Primary. He earned second place in the Junior Division, while Machel Maynard of The Rock Christian Primary, placed third. In the Senior Division, second place was awarded to Jenevonne Kirton of the Lodge School, while third place went to William Griffin of Codrington School.
The FCCA contest is part of the youth tourism awareness programmes co-ordinated by the Ministry of Tourism. The contest is an annual event, which encourages students of member territories of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation to think about tourism initiatives and to share their creative thoughts on a given topic related to this industry.??
This year’s topic was: "During this Global Economic Downturn, What Can a Destination which lives on tourism do to persuade more ships to come to their destination?"??