OCHO RIOS — Corinaldi Avenue Primary School student, Kaela Smith, has won the junior category of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation’s Children’s Environmental Poster competition.
The twelve-year-old Montego Bay resident was presented with a plaque and a cash prize of US$3,000 awarded on Tuesday April 12 at a ceremony on board the vessel, “Coral Princess”, which was docked at the Urban Development Corporation’s (UDC) Pier in Ocho Rios.
Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Tourism Awareness Officer, Shauna Housen informed media representatives at the function that this is the third consecutive year that a Jamaican student has won in the competition. In 2009, a student from Portland won in the Junior category, and last year a student from Kingston won in the Senior category.
Director General in the Ministry of Tourism, Carrole Guntley, congratulated Kaela on her success and extended commendations on behalf of Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett, for her winning poster, “Stop! Think! Reduce your Carbon Footprint!”
“We, at the Ministry, are very proud of Kaela, and she has made Jamaica proud by copping first place in this competition,” she said. She also thanked the FCCA for having the Coral Princess host Kaela, her family and representatives of her school at the presentations.
Kaela’s winning will benefit the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School. The cash award of US$3,000 was presented to Principal of the Institution, Cynthia Munroe, who told JIS News that she was delighted to be sharing in the occasion.
“We were ecstatic when we heard that Kaela was the winner of this competition. Ofcourse, our school is not new to winning; we promote excellence and we find that our students perform excellently at all times,” she said.
Mrs. Munroe said the school will use the US$3,000 to support a number of projects it has on-stream.
Kaela said that she felt good to know that she won first place in the competition.
“I did not know that I would have come out to be the winner. I was confident of the entry I submitted, however, I saw myself being placed at least among the top two,” she told JIS News.
She thanked her parents and teachers for their confidence in her. She also thanked the representatives of the JTB and the Ministry of Tourism for their support, and commended them for ensuring that Jamaican students get a chance to show off what they have been learning.
By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter