Bajan essayist at No. 3
Tourism officer lauds student's 'touching story'
Karlton Holligan’s essay, based on a conversation with his father on cruise tourism and its benefit to Barbados, has earned a cash prize of US$1,000 for himself and his school at the regional leg of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Children’s Essay Competition. Karlton was second runner-up to Jamaica’s Gabrielle Pratt. Caniqua Elliott, of St Kitts, placed second.
At the local level, in the juniors, Cherish Samuel, of Springer Memorial, placed second while Chémar Burnham, of Queen’s College, placed third.
In the local senior division, James Inniss, of Christ Church Foundation, placed first, followed by Cannigia Arthur, of Harrison College (second), and Candice Harold, of The Lodge School (third).
In the senior division at the regional level, Leigha Burke, of the British Virgin Islands, was first; Chrislon Fraser, of St Vincent and the Grenadines,
second; and Marie-Ange Nedge-Emmanuel, of Dominica, third.
Barbados competition coordinator and tourism development officer Marsha Armstrong congratulated Holligan on his achievement, describing his essay as “a touching story in which he related a conversation between himself and his father on cruise tourism and its benefits to the island”.
Armstrong further stated: “It is through these meaningful conversations with parents and family members that children are engaged in discussing issues that are of prime importance to their island. It is an opportunity for parents to hear their children’s views, and understanding and possible solutions for the way forward. The Ministry of Tourism is very proud that Barbados is among the top countries in the 2014 competition.”
The tourism development officer also thanked all schools for participating in the ministry’s schools tourism awareness competitions.
The prize giving ceremony for all the students who participated in the 2014 FCCA Poster And Essay Competitions will be held next month.