Prompted to write essays transmitting the relationship between cruise tourism and their destinations, students and schools participate in local competitions before sending finalists to the FCCA. This year’s contest featured finalists from 19 destinations ranging from juniors (ages 12 and younger) to seniors (13-16), with more than $30,000 awarded to the participants and schools.
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Each year, the FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Contest awards Caribbean and Latin American students and schools.
Though all finalists displayed the students’ educational excellence, creativity, knowledge and awareness of their destinations, cruise tourism and their symbiotic relationship, first- to third-place winners were selected.
Emily Quinto from Belize took the junior division gold, and Montell Phillip from Dominica won the senior division, each earning a $3,000 scholarship for themselves, along with an equal donation for their schools, and a paid trip with chaperones to accept their prizes at the FCCA Conference & Trade Show Opening Ceremony in Cozumel, Mexico on Tuesday, October 6.
Other winners included Lindxee Collins from Jamaica taking second in the junior division; Rol-J Williams from St. Kitts & Nevis winning second in the senior division; Hilary Nigel Lawrence from Dominica collecting third in the junior division; and Kaitlynne R. Haylock from Belize placing third in the senior division.
Second-place winners and schools are awarded $1,500 each; third-place winners and schools earn $1,000 each; and all finalists and schools receive $200 each to honor the efforts and talents of all involved.