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Belizean student wins Latin America and Caribbean Essay competition

FLORIDA, Aug 16, CMC – A Belizean student has won a Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation Children’s Essay Competition for students in Latin America and the Caribbean.

FCCA Monday said that first place in the junior division was Janae Elisha Rodriguez from Belize, while Jacinth Hunkins from St. Maarten took the gold in the senior division.

The competition had invited students from schools around the Caribbean and Latin America to submit essays and FCCA said that in total, this year’s contest provided nearly US$20,000 to the participating students and their schools.

“There is nothing more fulfilling than helping children, and I am proud of all the ways the FCCA Foundation achieves this,” said FCCA president Michele Paige.

“The Essay Competition is particularly special because it directly benefits children’s futures and encourages them to continue striving in their scholastic endeavours, while helping their schools develop more exceptional students.”

This year’s essay contest attracted entries from 21 countries, who wrote what they would want to see and do in their destination as a cruise passenger. All the essays showcased the students’ excellence in writing, as well as knowledge of their destination and the ability to entice the FCCA readers to experience new things.

The FCCA said that the first-place winners and their schools received US$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 San Juan, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26.

Second place in the junior division was Danny Kish from Cayman Islands, and Hailey Morris from St. Kitts earned the honours in the senior division. Second-place winners and their schools will receive US$1,500 scholarships.

Third place in the junior division was Jordan Fleming from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Alanis Matos Plá from Puerto Rico took bronze in the senior division. Third-place winners and their schools will receive US$1,000 scholarships.

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