The results of the local leg of the annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) are out.

The winner in the junior division is nine-year-old Ajani Maynard from Trinity Academy, who beat out four other competitors for the top spot, while 17-year-old Alanna Goodridge, a student of Harrison College, took the first prize in the senior division from a field of 11 entrants.

Second place in the junior division went to nine-year-old Toshiro Benn of Blackman and Gollop Primary. There was no prize awarded for third place in that division.

In the senior division, second place was awarded to Gabrielle Leonce of Christ Church Foundation School, and third place to Tayeshanna Alexander of The Alexandra School. Each student wrote on the topic: How has the Cruise Industry Improved my Country (Barbados)?

The prizes for the competition are to be awarded as follows: Junior Division ??? BDS $300 for 1st place and BDS $250 for 2nd 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 also be awarded with book prizes.??The winning entries were forwarded to the regional leg of the competition in Miami for the final round. 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.

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