Primary and secondary students from across the island are invited to take part in the 2015 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children???s Essay Competition.

It will be conducted in two age categories ??? the Junior Division, which is open to children aged 12 and under, and the Senior Division, open to children aged 13 to 16.

In each category, children should not have passed their 13th or 17th birthday by September 26, 2015.??Each student must submit one essay, written in English on the topic: How has the Cruise Industry Improved my Country (Barbados)?

The essay must be no more than 500 words in length and handwritten or typed, with the word count included at the end of the document. Typed entries must be double-spaced and in Times New Roman, font size 12.??Essays will be judged on creativity, content or subject, style or structure and grammar.

Original entries of the essay must be submitted with an entry form by the student???s school to the Barbados Tourism Product Authority, 1st Floor, West Wing, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, no later than Friday, June 26.

Winners of the competition at the local level will receive cash prizes as follows: Junior Division – BDS$300 for 1st place; BDS $250 for 2nd place; and BDS$200 for 3rd place; and Senior Division ??? BDS$400 for 1st place; BDS$350 for 2nd place; and BDS$300 for 3rd place.

The school of each winning student will be awarded with book prizes.??First place entries in the local competition will be submitted as Barbados??? entries to the regional leg of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association???s Children???s Essay Competition.

Winners of the regional competition, in both divisions, will receive US$3,000 for 1st place; US$1,500 for 2nd place; and US$1,000 for 3rd place. The same amount of money will be awarded to the school of each winning student.

Regional prizes will be presented at the FCCA Caribbean Cruise Conference in Cozumel, Mexico, which will be held from October 6 to 9. All travel expenses will be paid for each winner and one chaperone by the FCCA.

Information on the contest and previous winning essays may be accessed via Facebook at

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