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Press Release

FCCA Gala Offers Networking with Cruise Industry's Top Decision Makers

 

Pembroke Pines, FL (September 2013) - The Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) has selected the winners of the 2013 FCCA Children’s Essay Competition. Students for this year’s competition were invited to write an essay on the prompt “What makes my destination different from others?”

The contest’s goal is to assist students in furthering their education; let them think about their own destinations and its involvement in the tourism industry; and provide an opportunity to problem solve for the real world

This year’s essay contest attracted entries from 19 countries, and each essay showed the students’ excellence in education and displayed their overall knowledge and awareness in the tourism industry, along with their creativity.

Understandably, it was difficult to pick from such a talented field, but first-, second- and third-place winners were selected from both age groups: the junior division, consisting of students between nine- and twelve-years-old, and the senior division, featuring students between thirteen and sixteen. The 2013 winners are:

Junior Division:


Rank

Student

Age

Country

1st Place

 Azizi A. Alleyne

12

Barbados

2nd Place

Jacinth Hunkins

12

St. Maarten

3rd Place         

Ercha Stapleton

12

Nevis

Senior Division:


Rank

Student

Age

Country

1st Place

Yannic Boyce

16

Barbados

2nd Place

Ariana T.K. Joseph

13

Antigua

3rd Place

Netanya Keil

15

Trinidad & Tobago

 

Barbados swept the competition, with Azizi A. Alleyne winning the junior division and Yannic Boyce taking gold in the senior division.  The first-place winners and their schools receive academic scholarships of $3,000 (U.S.) each, in addition to an invitation with their chaperones to the FCCA Caribbean Cruise Conference & Trade Show Opening Ceremony in Cartagena, Colombia to accept their prizes at the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

 

Second place in the junior division was Jacinth Hunkins from St. Maarten, and Ariana T. K. Joseph from Antigua earned the honors for the seniors. Second-place winners and their schools each receive monetary awards of $1,500.

 

Third place in the junior division was Ercha Stapleton from Nevis, and Netanya Keil from Trinidad & Tobago won it in the senior division. Third-place winners and their schools each receive $1,000.

 

To reward all the students for their great efforts, all other finalists and their schools receive $200.

 

The FCCA is proud to reward its destination partners and its talented youth through this annual competition.

 

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FCCA is a trade association composed of 15 Member Lines: AIDA Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Carnival Cruise Lines, Celebrity Cruises, Costa Cruise Lines, Cunard Line, Disney Cruise Line, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises (USA) Inc., Norwegian Cruise Line, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International, Seabourn and TUI Cruises. It was created in 1972 by the Member Lines operating more than 100 vessels in Florida, Caribbean and Latin American waters, in order to discuss and exchange views on issues relating to: legislation, tourism development, ports, safety, security and other cruise industry issues.

 

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