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Twelve-year old Huddoy Walters is the pride of Port Antonio Primary, having copped top honours in the Junior Division of the 2009 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Environmental Poster Competition.
For his winning poster titled: ‘Preserving Our Island’s Paradise’, the Portland student not only defeated other entrants from the wider Caribbean and Latin America, but earned US$6,000 for himself and his school.
At the award luncheon held aboard the Island Princess Cruise Liner on Wednesday (April 1) at Reynold’s Pier in Ocho Rios, Huddoy thanked the FCCA for the award. He said he would use part of his winnings to purchase a desktop computer.
Huddoy’s poster illustrates ways to reduce human impact on the ecosystem by replanting trees, recycling waste materials and reducing air and water pollution. He said he was inspired by the need to protect the environment.
“When I drew my poster, I was thinking about what people were doing. I was thinking that they were cutting down too many trees and they were not replanting enough, so I drew what I thought of,” he stated.
Vice Principal for the Port Antonio Primary School, Blanche Anderson, told JIS News that the entire school body was happy about Huddoy’s win. “We are indeed grateful for this day that we are having and we are proud of Huddoy and we promise that we will continue to nurture him to get the best from him,” she said.
She noted that the school’s US$3,000 cash incentive would be put to good use for the benefit of the students. “We are planning to really start a tourism club with our children where they will be encouraged to write and draw and present their expressions in different ways,” she informed.
The principal noted that Huddoy’s achievement was an encouraging sign for the other students “and I’m sure that what he has achieved will motivate others to aspire towards doing great things, both in the academics and in art.”
Huddoy’s parents Huddlyn and Roslyn Walters, who were also present at the award ceremony, said they were proud of their son.
“I am feeling happy today. I am overwhelmed to know that he is the winner and he came out on top. I know he is a winner and will always be a winner,” Mrs. Walters told JIS News, adding that Huddoy was a hardworking and disciplined child.
Director of Tourism, John Lynch, who was among the tourism officials present, congratulated Huddoy on his achievement and commended him on the great work that he had put into creating the poster.
He also lauded Princess Cruise for hosting the luncheon and “thanks to the FCCA for promoting the environment in Jamaica and in the Caribbean among school children, literally teaching children to care for the environment and to protect the environment.”
A total of 17 destinations throughout the Caribbean and Latin America participated in the competition, with 13-year-old Laurane Pecome from Martinique winning the senior division.
The FCCA is a not-for-profit trade organisation composed of 10-member cruise lines operating more than 100 vessels in Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America. Its mandate is to provide a forum for discussion on legislation, tourism development, ports, tour operations, safety, security and other cruise industry issues.

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