Saturday 8 August, 2020

Barbados wins big in FCCA Tourism Essay Competition again

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Junior overall winner for the region Noel Allder.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Junior overall winner for the region Noel Allder.

Barbados is in the winner's circle of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Children's Essay Contest for the third consecutive year.

The pen continues to be extremely mighty, and two Barbadians demonstrated this once again when they were able to secure the first place prizes locally and regionally in the FCCA 2019 Children’s Essay Contest. The two went up against juniors and seniors from countries including Puerto Rico in the North and all the way down into Central America.

Taking the overall regional first place prize in the Juniors was Barbados' Noel Allder of the St. Paul's Primary School.

In 501 words, nine-year-old Allder took readers across the length and breadth of Barbados but according to him he barely scratched the surface of places of interest, weather, sport, culture and heritage. However, he told his readers that one page in an imaginary book on Barbados is a must read; that is a page on our people.

He wrote:

"Bajans, as we are called, are critical to cruise passengers repeating their experience. We were the heartbeat of Barbados. We are warm and friendly. I may only be nine years old, but I think that if we let a cruise passenger pair with a Barbadian, after the conversation hotels will be filled with stay-over guests."

The question posed to the young budding writers and possibly future authors was 'How should the impression of my country attract cruise passengers back as stay-over guests?' In closing, Allder said, "My answer is simple: one taste of Barbados and cruise passengers are ready to book their long-stay vacation. After all, Barbados is the Gem of the Caribbean Sea."

Allder won USD $3000 for himself, and USD $3000 for his school, along with a cruise for two compliments of Foster and Ince Cruises.

And his sentiment about his island home was shared by the regional third-place and local first place writer in the Seniors, 14-year-old Niobe Holder.

Photo credit: Prime Minister Mia Mottley encourages the young winners (L-R): Niobe Holder, Tamya Bowen and Noel Allder.

Holder who is a student of Christ Church Foundation School said that when her essay boils down, in essence it sent the message that any cruise passenger to Barbados will learn "one day is not enough." She stressed that he or she must come again, and again.

She won USD $1000 for herself and USD $1000 for her school, as well as a Foster and Ince Cruise for two.

Marsha Alleyne, Chief Product Development Officer with the Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. chaired the awards ceremony held at Ilaro Court, while Prime Minister Mia Mottley presented the prizes to the writers.

Tamya Bowen of Queen's College also accepted her prize as the first place winner at the local level in the FCCA Foundation Children's Poster Competition 2019 during the ceremony. The theme for the Poster competition this year was 'Solutions for Ocean Pollution'.

Holder and Allder have up to one year to take their cruises.

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