Deighton Griffith, Rock Christian Primary top essay contest
Students of the Deighton Griffith Secondary and the Rock Christian School were the top scorers in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children’s Essay competition 2016.
The contest, which is a tourism awareness initiative of the National Tourism Host Pogramme, a department of the Barbados Tourism Product Authority (BTPA), invited local students to pen original stories using the topic, “If you were a cruise passenger, what would you want to see and do in your destination (Barbados)?”
Emerging victorious in the Junior Division was Woletta-Israel Yaicob of The Rock Christian Primary School, who won an Apple iPad and $300. Arielle Myesha Harewood of the St. Matthew’s Primary and Fallon Miller from Harrison College were the second and third place winners within this division and both earned monetary prizes for their submissions.
Dominating the Senior Division was Rhianna Smith from Deighton Griffith Secondary, the lucky winner of a BDS $4000 cruise voucher from the BTPA and Foster & Ince Cruise World. Second place and third place went to Selyna Hollingsworth from the Christ Church Foundation School and Saydiah Russell from Harrison College respectively. Both will also receive monetary prizes.
Programme Officer in the National Tourism Host Programme, Marsha Armstrong, expressed satisfaction with the quality of this year’s essays and congratulated the students and their teachers on a job well done.
“We are pleased with this year’s response having receiving 52 entries from a number of private and public, primary and secondary schools across the island.
“We are happy that our young people are aware that tourism is an important industry for the island as well as to what the island has for visitors and locals to experience while they are here. The BTPA wishes to encourage all schools to organise tours and site visits to places of interests across the island as fun outdoor activities,” Armstrong said, adding that such exercises will assist in instilling a sense of national pride in the youth.
The first place winning essays were forwarded to the FCCA Headquarters located in Miami to represent Barbados’ entries in the regional competition.