Students shine in overseas poster competition

Two Cayman Islands students won prizes in a recent poster competition sponsored by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

Chrissy Foreman, who was a student at North Side Primary School at the time of the competition and who now attends Clifton Hunter High School, received $200 from the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association for an honorable mention in the contest.

Dalbert Johnson, a student at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School, received a gift bag from the Department of Tourism.

Minister of Tourism Moses Kirkconnell commended the participants.

“Every year, students in the Cayman Islands demonstrate their outstanding artistic talents through the FCCA Poster Competition, and I congratulate these two students for their creative efforts and their keen awareness of environment issues, as shown in their entries,” he said as he presented the winners with their prizes. “I would also like to thank all of the schools and parents who encouraged their children to participate and promote environmental awareness by entering into these competitions offered by the Department of Tourism.”

Each year, the Department of Tourism invites students from local schools to participate in the poster competition as part of its mission to promote environmental awareness among youth and to reinforce the importance of environmental protection.

First-place winners were from the Bahamas and St. Maarten. They each received educational scholarships of $3,000, along with a donation for their schools to purchase art supplies.

This year, 13 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin American region participated. Each country submitted one poster per age category – junior (ages 12 and younger) and senior (ages 13-16). The cruise association judged the entries based on their creativity and messages advocating the role each destination plays in preserving the environment. Nearly US$25,000 was awarded during this year’s contest, according to a press release.

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