Each year, the FCCA Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition awards Caribbean and Latin American students’ efforts to create a poster depicting ways to protect the environment and promote awareness in their country.
This year’s competition featured finalists from 12 destinations ranging from juniors (ages 12 and younger) to seniors (13-16), with nearly $26,000 awarded to the participants and schools.
Though all participating students learned a valuable lesson, the finalists and first- to third-place winners took home a prize to and for their country. First-place winners earned a $3,000 scholarship for themselves, along with an equal donation for their schools to purchase art supplies; second-place winners and schools received $1,500 each; third-place winners and schools were awarded $1,000 each; and all finalists and schools received $200 each.
Omario Kelvin of Chetwood Memorial Primary from Jamaica took the junior division gold for “My Jamaica, Our Environment to Protect and Preserve,” which showcased recycling, reforesting, utilizing renewable energies and preserving marine ecosystems. Chloe Stuart of Eight Mile Rock High School from the Bahamas won the senior division for showing how the Bahamas can clean the coast, recycle, conserve water and reuse renewable energy by taking advantage of northeast trade winds and ocean currents in “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.”
Other winners included Diya Sachdev from St. Maarten taking second in the junior division; Nisa Olesya Sanchez from Belize winning second in the senior division; Homayra Nawar Sarah from Belize collecting third in the junior division; and Anissa Hoyte from the Cayman Islands placing third in the senior division.