August 16, 2011
Primary school student wins US$3,000 in essay competition

The Ministry of Tourism and Industry is pleased to announce that Trevonette Johnson, of the New Grounds Primary School, has been selected as the junior winner in the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Children’s Essay Contest 2011.{{more}}

Trevonette will be invited to read her essay and accept her cash prize of US$3,000 in front of some of the industry’s most important players, at the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Caribbean Cruise Conference in Puerto Rico, October 3rd – 7th, 2011.

In addition to her winnings, the New Grounds Primary School will be awarded US $3,000.

The essay contest attracted entries from 19 nations, under the theme ‘What does sustainable tourism mean to your destination?’.

The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization, composed of 14 member cruise lines, operating more than 100 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters.

The FCCA orchestrates these competitions in order to further the education of the youth in FCCA destination partners, by learning and thinking about their destinations’ involvement in the cruise industry and allowing an opportunity for practical problem solving.

The Minister of Tourism and Industry Saboto Caesar congratulates Trevonette on winning first place in the Junior Division.

Minister Caesar noted that he is extremely proud of her accomplishment and that her achievement was a sure signal that the education revolution in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has not only taken root, but that it is bearing great fruits.

The Minister further encouraged all schools and students to continue to participate in regional competitions, as they are avenues for the nurturing and exposure of local talent.