Pembroke Pines, FL (August 8, 2011) - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has announced the winners of the 2011 FCCA Children’s Essay Competition. Students for this year’s competition were invited to write an essay on the prompt: “What does sustainable tourism mean to your destination?”
Understandably, it was difficult to choose the overall winner in each age category, as each essay showed
the students’ excellence in education and displayed their overall knowledge and awareness in the tourism industry, along with their creativity in problem solving.
First-, second- and third-place winners were chosen from the Junior Division, consisting of students
between nine and twelve years old, and the Senior Division featured students between thirteen and
sixteen. The 2011 winners are:
First Place in the Junior Division was Trevonette Johnson from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and
in the Senior Division was Muta Abiff from St. Thomas. The first-place winners will receive academic
scholarships of $3,000 (U.S.) each, in addition to a separate monetary award given to their schools. The winners will also be invited with their chaperones to the FCCA Cruise Conference & Trade Show in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 to read their essays and accept their prizes.
Second Place in the Junior Division was Cergio Augustine from Trinidad & Tobago and in the Senior
Division, Medina Tyson from Dominica. Second place winners will receive monetary awards of $1,500.
Third Place in the Junior Division was George Louis from St. Lucia and in the Senior Division,
Therese Wilson from St. Kitts. Third place winners will receive monetary awards of $1,000.
This year’s essay contest attracted entries from 19 countries. The aim of the contest is to assist students in furthering their education while letting them think about their own destinations, its involvement in the
tourism industry, and providing an opportunity to problem solve for the real world. To reward all the
students for their great efforts, all other finalists will receive a monetary award of $200.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 19 Member Lines operating over 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.