This year's essay contest attracted entries from 19 countries. The prompt-"Why is it important that the cruise ships come to my destination?"-
Understandably, it was difficult to choose winners, but first, second and third place was awarded to participants from the junior division, consisting of students between nine- and 12-years-old, and the senior division, featuring students between 13 and s16. The 2014 winners are:
First place in the junior division was Gabrielle Pratt from Jamaica, and Leigha Burke from the British Virgin Islands took the gold in the senior division. The first-place winners and their schools will receive $3,000 academic scholarships, and the winners and a chaperone will be invited to accept their prizes at the FCCA Caribbean Cruise Conference & Trade Show Opening Ceremony in St. Maarten on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.
Second place in the junior division was Caniqua Elliot from St. Kitts, and Chrislon Fraser from St. Vincent & the Grenadines earned the honors in the senior division. Second-place winners and their schools will receive $1,500 scholarships.
Third place in the junior division was Karlton Holligan from Barbados, and Marie-Ange Nadege Emanuel from Dominica won it in the senior division. Third-place winners and their schools will receive $1,000 scholarships.
To reward all the students and schools for their great efforts, all other finalists and their schools will receive $200 scholarships.
The FCCA and the FCCA Foundation is proud to offer opportunities like these to assist the youths in its partner destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.