Tuesday, 14 August 2012 02:30
By caribarena news
Antigua St. John’s - Fourteen-year-old Terrikia Benjamin is the winner of the 2012 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children’s Essay Contest.
Benjamin, third form student of the Antigua Girls’ High School (AGHS) won the senior division of the contest from amongst a field of 19 Caribbean countries. Second and third places were awarded to St. Vincent & The Grenadines and Grenada, respectively.
In announcing Benjamin as the winner of the regional contest, FCCA’s President, Michele Paige remarked: “We would like to congratulate Terrikia on her excellent essay – it truly exemplifies Caribbean excellence.”
As the winner, Benjamin will be awarded a cash scholarship of US $3,000 and her school will receive a monetary award in the same amount. And, on the invitation of the FCCA, she will travel to Curacao to attend the association’s Annual Conference and will receive her cash award and a plaque during the Opening Ceremony on Tuesday, October 2nd.
All the competitors were required to write on the topic: “What are the memories you would like a cruise passenger to walk away with after visiting your destination?” Benjamin’s essay successfully made it through all three rounds of the contest as the number one entry, a release from the Ministry of Tourism said.
In the first round, her essay was selected by her school, AGHS, as its best entry in the senior category, and was submitted to the Ministry of Tourism among the other entries for selection of the country’s best. Benjamin’s entry was selected and later submitted to the FCCA’s Selection Committee.
Country Coordinator of the contest, Cynthia G Simon, Manager of Tourism Education, Training and Awareness, within the Ministry of Tourism, extended heartiest congratulations to Benjamin on gaining the region’s top award.
“Terrikia has shown keen interest in tourism, willing to give deep thought to tourism issues and to share her views. She also epitomises the essence of perseverance, having consistently been selected as the national winner and country representative for four consecutive years, and was named among the top three in the regional contest except for one year (2011),” Simon noted.
Nathan Dundas, President of the Antigua Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association also sent words of congratulations to the young winner on her achievement.
“Your achievement comes at a time when we are facing many challenges with our cruise tourism product, and so it really gives us hope that if you can excel to the highest level among all other participants, we can as a destination do the same,” he remarked.
Meanwhile, as a finalist in the regional contest, Antigua & Barbuda’s junior division winner, 12-year-old Ariana Joseph of Christ the King High School, will receive US $200 for her achievement.
St. Maarten, Nevis and St. Thomas, respectively, secured the top three places in the junior division of the FCCA Essay Contest.
All 12 students who participated in the local leg of the contest will receive due recognition during a special ceremony at a date to be announced.