October 31st, 2007
The Premier of Nevis, Hon. Joseph Parry handed over a cheque in the amount of US$ 3,000 to Charlestown Primary School today. The cheque was given to Mr. Parry by the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) on his recent trip to Mexico where he attended a recent Cruise Tourism Conference.
“It was so great to see Miss Ram stand on the podium reading her winning essay at the opening ceremony in front of over 1,000 persons from North, South, Central America and the Caribbean. This is a proud moment for Miss Ram, her parents, for the school and indeed the whole of Nevis, I do hope that this means something to you as this performance is an example that will be a catalyst for you to move forward and reach even greater heights”, said Mr. Parry.
Each year the FCCA invites students in FCCA partner destinations in the Caribbean to participate in the FCCA Foundation Children’s Essay Contest. The contest aims at promoting Cruise Tourism awareness among the young people of the Caribbean. The topic of this year’s Essay Competition was “If I were a Cruise passenger, what would I like to see or do in my country?”Eleven year old, Miss Christina Ram of Charlestown Primary School was declared the winner in the Junior Division of the FCCA Essay Competition. Miss Ram attended the conference with her chaperones. While she was at the conference, Christina read her winning essay to over 1,000 persons who attended the opening ceremony of the conference and collected her prize of US$ 3,000 while Premier Parry received an additional check in the same amount for Miss Ram’s school, The Charlestown Primary from Mr. Micky Arison, Chairman of the FCCA.
During the brief ceremony at Charlestown Primary in front of Principal Education officer, Mrs. Jennifer Hodge, Christina’s fellow students, teachers and her parents, the Ministry of Tourism officer, Miss Nicole Liburd who hosted the event, invited Premier Parry to the podium to hand over the cheque to Headmistress of the school, Ms. Alice Swanston.
“I am truly grateful for this cheque and I will ensure that the school will make great use of this wonderful prize, said Ms. Swanston”