Bahamas Tourism Celebrates Environmental Poster Competition Winner
By Lindsay Thompson, BIS
Nov 21, 2014 - 9:59:56 AM
Prisca Charles, an 11th grade student of C. V. Bethel Senior High School accepts her rewards for winning the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association 2014 Children’s Environmental Poster Competition, beating out thousands of other students in the region. The ceremony was held Wednesday, November 19, 2014 on board the Norwegian Cruise Liner, Norwegian Gem. Pictured from left are Captain Stefan Nordberg of the Norwegian Gem; Prisca Charles; and Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
NASSAU, The Bahamas - The Ministry of Tourism has
congratulated Prisca Charles, an 11th grade student of C. V. Bethel Senior High
School for winning the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association 2014 Children’s
Environmental Poster Competition, beating out thousands of other students in
A special ceremony and luncheon was held Wednesday,
November 19, 2014 on board the Norwegian Cruise Liner, Norwegian Gem, a member
of the FCCA. There, the 16-year-old winner was presented with a plaque and
funds for her outstanding accomplishment.
The 15-member cruise lines association holds its
annual FCCA Foundation Children’s Environmental Poster Competition to promote
and encourage environmental awareness among students and “to effectively
educate the younger generations on the importance of environmental protection,”
Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu congratulated
Prisca Charles on her win and Rodney Farquharson, a student of S. C. McPherson
Junior High School for his outstanding participation in the competition in the
“This year’s theme, I am told, seeks to promote
environmental awareness among Caribbean students, while educating our younger
generation on the importance of environmental protection,” Mrs. Jibrilu said. The Ministry of Tourism wholeheartedly
supports these ideals, she continued, as they embody its vision and overall
objectives, in its quest to promote environmental protection for future
TOP: Rodney Farquharson, centre, a student of S. C. McPherson Junior High School was awarded for his outstanding participation and is seen with Captain Stefan Nordberg (left) and Director General of Tourism Joy Jibrilu (right). BOTTOM LEFT: Shikera Johnson, centre, Subject Coordinator for Art at C. V. Bethel Senior High School was awarded for teacher support. (BIS Photo/Patrick Hanna)
“The partnership between The Bahamas and the Florida
Caribbean Cruise Association continues to augurs well for the sustainability of
the tourism product. We are delighted for the accomplishment that was achieved
by Prisca during this year’s Poster Competition,” she said.
Mrs. Jibrilu thanked the FCCA, Captain Stefan Nordberg
and crew of the Norwegian Gem for the kind hospitality in hosting the ceremony
and luncheon on board the cruise ship.
“A special thank you is also extended to the
principals and teachers of both C. V. Bethel and S. C. McPherson schools for
their commitment and dedication in ensuring that our young people are prepared
to compete in this competition annually,” she said.
She also recognized the Minister of Education, Science
and Technology for the “invaluable service” they render each year in ensuring
that the information is disseminated to all of the private and public schools
throughout The Bahamas and for judging the preliminary part of the competition.
The FCCA notes that this year, 13 destinations
throughout the Caribbean and Latin American region participated in the
competition. The FCCA judged the entries
to select winners based on their creativity and messages advocating the role
each destination plays in preserving the environment.
Prisca Charles captured the theme: “Our Environment Is
In Your Hands.” She also won an
educational scholarship of $3,000. Parents
and teachers attended the event.
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