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Caribbean and Latin American Students’ Environmental Awareness Awarded by FCCA Foundation


Pembroke Pines, FL (June 21, 2017) – The FCCA Foundation has again rewarded the efforts of students and schools throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, with nearly $30,000 awarded to children and schools from 16 destinations participating in the annual FCCA Foundation Environmental Poster Competition. 


“I cannot be prouder to benefit the talented and dedicated students participating in this year’s FCCA Foundation Environmental Poster Competition,” said Michele Paige, President of the FCCA. “Protecting the environment and promoting children’s advancement are essential to a happy and sustainable future, and this is just one way that the industry and FCCA Foundation assists these causes.”


Each year, the competition prompts students to create a poster illustrating ways to protect the environment and promote awareness in their country. This year’s contest featured finalists from 12 Caribbean and Latin American destinations ranging from juniors (ages 12 and younger) to seniors (13-16).


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 other finalists and their schools received $200 each.


Anastashia Turner of Corinaldi Avenue Primary in Jamaica took the junior division gold for “Our World Is Precious…Save Our Land & Seas,” which showcased how to battle global warming, pollution and diseases by reforestation, recycling, renewable energy and more to “protect the habitats, the animals and the earth itself.”

Aziza Vanterpool of Milton Peters College in St. Maarten won the senior division for “Don’t Cry, Care for Mother Earth,” which masterfully depicts a woman representing the country’s Caribbean Indian roots and presently beautiful and diverse landscapes, flora and fauna, while calling for action to save the land and seas through renewable energy, recycling, farming and more.


Other winners included Nayeli Lisbeth Arevalo from El Salvador, taking second in the junior division; Daniella Evans from Jamaica, winning second in the senior division; Tatiana Atkinson from Belize, collecting third in the junior division; and Karlee Leatham from Dominica, placing third in the senior division.


About the FCCA Foundation
The FCCA Foundation provides a tangible mechanism for the cruise industry to fund a range of humanitarian causes in Caribbean and Latin American destinations. Since its establishment in 1993, the Foundation has benefited thousands of citizens by providing funding and countless hours to causes and charities throughout the regions. In addition to assisting deserving institutions like charities and hospitals and aiding during crises like natural disasters, the Foundation executes annual projects, including the Holiday Gift Project, which delivers thousands of presents and smiles to underprivileged children during the holiday season, and poster and essay competitions to award students and schools.


Created in 1972, the FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization that provides a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issues and builds 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 and @FCCAupdates on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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