FCCA Foundation Honors Caribbean and Latin American Students' Environmental Awareness
Nearly $26,000 USD in prizes and scholarships awardedto participating students and schools.
PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (June 17, 2015) - 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.
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.