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Students and Schools Awarded Honors and Scholarships in FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Competition

fforts and education of children and schools throughout the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America were again awarded through the annual FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Competition. This year 29 students from 17 destinations submitted, with the participants and their schools receiving nearly $30,000 in scholarships. “There is nothing more fulfilling than helping children, and I am proud of all the ways the FCCA Foundation achieves this,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. “The essay competition is particularly special because it directly benefits children’s futures and encourages them to continue striving in their scholastic endeavors, while helping their schools develop even more exceptional students.”

Participating schools from the Caribbean and Latin America prompted students to write essays responding to: “Many cruise passengers use cruising as a way to sample different destinations. What impression does my country leave on these passengers, and how does it or should it attract them back as stayover guests?” Those schools then submitted their respective finalists to represent the destination for the contest, with each destination allowed one finalist per age group – the junior division, consisting of students between nine- and 12-years-old, and the senior division, featuring students between 13 and 16. Those finalists were then then read and rated by a six-person panel, with the ratings averaged to award the first-, second- and third-place honors:

JUNIOR DIVISION

RANK

STUDENT

AGE

COUNTRY

1st Place

Noel Allder

9

Barbados

2nd Place

Pertice Antoine

12

St. Lucia

3rd Place

Jordeena Dryden

10

Jamaica

SENIOR DIVISION

RANK

STUDENT

AGE

COUNTRY

1st Place

Maria Granger

14

St. Maarten

2nd Place

Daniella Browne

15

U.S. Virgin Islands

3rd Place

Niobe Holder

13

Barbados

First-place winners and their schools will both receive $3,000 academic scholarships, and the winners and a chaperone were invited to accept their prizes at the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show Opening Ceremony.

Second-place medalists and their schools each receive $1,500 scholarships; third-place recipients and their schools will receive $1,000 scholarships; and all other finalists and respective schools will receive $200 scholarships to reward the fantastic efforts. FOURTH QUARTER 2019 | TRAVEL & CRUISE 83

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