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Nurture the youth: Students receive prizes for essay competition

Winners of the Poster and Essay Competitions pose with officials of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Education.

Winners of the Poster and Essay Competitions pose with officials of the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Education.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Richard Sealy is heartened by Barbados’ first place in the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association essay competitions.

Addressing the awards ceremony for the annual competition at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre this morning, he thanked the parents and guardians of the prize winners for their encouragement and noted he was “glad you have seen it fit to allow your children to be part of this competition. Let us continue to work together to nurture these young leaders”.

He said Barbados getting first place in the poster competition in the senior division and placing first in both the junior and senior divisions in the essay competition, was “the first time this has ever happened in the FCCA competitions and it is something that I felt proud about and I am sure that everyone in this room should feel proud about this unprecedented achievement”.

Yannic Boyce and Azizi Alleyne, who copped first place in the senior and junior aspects of the essays segment respectively, will attend the opening ceremony of the FCCA cruise conference in Columbia on October 1.

Boyce, who entered the competition while a student of Combermere School but who is now a sixth former at Harrison College, received a Kindle Fire and her school received Bds $600. She will also have lunch on board the Royal Caribbean Cruise Liner Jewel of the Sea next Thursday.

Alleyne who attends The St. Michael School also received a Kindle Fire HD and his school Bds $500.

In the local leg of the poster competition, Queen’s College student Adiel Alleyne and former Charles F. Broome student, Chaquon Griffith, won the senior and junior competitions respectively.

Alleyne was presented with a Samsung Galaxy TAB 3 and a FCCA prize money of Bds$6,000. Her school will receive a FCCA Regional Prize of Bds $6,000 and a local school prize of BDS $600.

Tourism Development Officer, Sharon Trotman, pointed out that the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Foundation’s Children’s Environmental Poster competition seeks to stimulate and promote environmental awareness among Caribbean students. She also that the competition takes place at the national and regional levels and is opened to all students in the primary and secondary school systems.

“We invite them to express their ideas and creativity through art. Prizes are given for the first to third place entries at the national level in both divisions. The first place entries from both divisions are forwarded to the FCCA for the regional leg of the competition. Students were required to submit posters depicting three ways in which their respective countries could make a difference in preserving the environment, and the specific guidelines were that the poster should be conducted in two categories, Junior and Senior divisions. Each student was asked to submit one poster and to select a topic of their choice.”

The essay competition this year highlighted the importance of the cruise tourism sector, the benefits it brings to the island, what countries and individuals can do to enhance the visitors experience and to encourage visitors to return for a longer period of time.

Barbados has been participating in the essay competition since 1995.

The audience was entertained by 2013 Junior Calypso Monarch, Quinn Quinn P Prescott, who sang the tune, Living with HIV” and the 2012 Junior Calypso Monarch, Aisha Mandisa

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