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  • Caribbean and Latin American Students’ Environmental Awareness Awarded by FCCA Foundation

    August 17, 2018

    Miramar, FL (July 19, 2018) – The FCCA Foundation has again rewarded the efforts of students and schools throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, with nearly $30,000 awarded to children and schools from 17 destinations participating in the annual FCCA Foundation Environmental Poster Competition. 


    “I cannot be prouder to benefit the talented and dedicated students participating in this year’s FCCA Foundation Environmental Poster Competition,” said Michele Paige, president, FCCA. “Protecting the environment and promoting children’s advancement are essential to a happy and sustainable future, and this is just one way that the FCCA and cruise industry assist these causes.”


    Each year, the competition prompts students to create a poster illustrating ways to protect the environment and promote awareness in their country. This year’s contest featured finalists from 17 Caribbean and Latin American destinations ranging from juniors (ages 12 and younger) to seniors (13-16).


    Though all participating students learned a valuable lesson, the finalists and first- to third-place winners took home a prize to and for their country. First-place winners earned a $3,000 scholarship for themselves, along with an equal donation for their schools to purchase art supplies and an upcoming award ceremony and luncheon hosted on a cruise ship; second-place winners and schools received $1,500 each; third-place winners and schools were awarded $1,000 each; and all other finalists and their schools received $200 each.


    Tyrone Lake of the Alexander Henderson school in US Virgin Islands took the junior division gold, and Shannaz Horne of Charlotte Bruokson Academy in St. Maarten won the senior division. Other winners included Malcom Edwards from Jamaica, taking second in the junior division; Tana Valmond from Dominica, winning second in the senior division; Tefari Prevoo Francisco from St. Maarten, collecting third in the junior division; and Shanique Perez from Belize, placing third in the senior division.

    Junior Division:

    Rank Student Age Country
    1st Place  Alexander Henderson * US Virgin Islands
    2nd Place Malcom Edwards * Jamaica
    3rd Place Tefari Prevoo Francisco * St. Maarten

    Senior Division:

    Rank Student Age Country
    1st Place Shannaz Horne * St. Maarten
    2nd Place Tana Valmond * Dominica
    3rd Place Shanique Perez * Belize

    About the FCCA Foundation
    The FCCA Foundation provides a tangible mechanism for the cruise industry to fund a range of humanitarian causes in Caribbean and Latin American destinations. Since its establishment in 1993, the Foundation has benefited thousands of citizens by providing funding and countless hours to causes and charities throughout the regions. In addition to assisting deserving institutions like charities and hospitals and aiding during crises like natural disasters, the Foundation executes annual projects, including the Holiday Gift Project, which delivers thousands of presents and smiles to underprivileged children during the holiday season, and poster and essay competitions to award students and schools.


    The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organization composed of 18 Member Lines operating nearly 200 vessels in Floridian, Caribbean and Latin American waters. Created in 1972, the FCCA’s mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on tourism development, ports, safety, security, and other cruise industry issue and to develop bilateral relationships with destinations’ private and public sectors. By fostering an understanding of the cruise industry and its operating practices, the FCCA works with governments, ports and private sector representatives to maximize cruise passenger, crew and cruise line spending, as well as enhance the destination experience and increase the amount of cruise passengers returning as stay-over visitors. For more information, visit F-CCA.com, the FCCA on Facebook, and @FCCAupdates on Twitter.

    Credit: Press Release by FCCA (Florida Caribbean Cruise Association)