Minister Arrindell congratulates essay competition winner

POSTED: 09/7/16 9:41 AM

St.maarten – Minister Ingrid Arrindell (Tourism, Economic Affairs, Transportation and Telecommunications) congratulated Jacinth Hunkins, a 15-year-old student of the St. Maarten Academy for her first place in the gold senior division of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association children’s essay competition.

The competition invited students from schools around the Caribbean and Latin America to submit essays and then awards the students and schools to help further their education. In total, this year’s contest will provide nearly $20,000 to the participating students and their schools.

First-place winners and their schools will receive $3,000 academic scholarships, and the winners and a chaperone will be invited to accept their prizes at the FCCA Caribbean cruise conference and trade show opening ceremony in Puerto Rico on Monday, September 26.

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 essay competition shows that St. Maarten is the preferred cruise destination in the Eastern Caribbean, Arrindell pointed out in a press release.

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