Clifton Hunter High School student Anissa Hoyte and Cayman Prep and High School student Tijana Parker have been recognized for their entries in the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Environmental Poster Competition.
For their efforts, Anissa received US$1,000 for placing third regionally and Tijana received US$200 for her participation in the junior division of the poster competition.
Year 7 student Tijana said it felt good to get the award because she likes art. “I drew animals saying stuff like ‘Don’t pollute the ocean, keep it clean for animals and humans,’” she said.
Each year, the FCCA Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition awards Caribbean and Latin American students’ efforts to create a poster depicting ways to protect the environment and promote awareness in their country.
This year the students were asked to depict three ways in which their Caribbean homes can make a difference in preserving the environment. The title of the contest was “My Caribbean, Your Caribbean, To Protect and Preserve.”
Each year, the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism invites local school students to participate in the poster competition, as part of its continued mission to promote environmental awareness among the youth of the Cayman Islands.
This year’s competition featured finalists from 12 destinations ranging from juniors, ages 9-12 and younger, to seniors, ages 13-16, with nearly US$26,000 awarded to the participants and schools.