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TOURISM SELECTS FINALISTS FOR FCCA CONTEST

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Two finalists have been selected for the 1999 Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association Children's Environmental Poster Competition. A panel of five judges selected Cary Eaglin, Jr., an 11th grader at St. Croix Central High School and Sophia Mwaura (Maw-oo-ra), a second-grader at Joseph Sibilly Elementary School to compete for the final FCCA awards.
The theme for the poster contest was "Reuse, Recycle…Renew the Caribbean." Students were asked to submit posters through their schools that depicted a least three ways in which the cruise industry recycles and/or reuses waste, as well as how the U.S. Virgin Islands should recycle and/or reuse its waste.
The Caribbean-wide competition was in two age categories-the junior level for ages 12 and under, and the senior level for students 13 through 16.
Sixteen-year-old Eaglin showed the cycle of waste; encouraging the use of biodegradable items, purifying water, and recycling items at ports of call. Seven-year-old Mwaura (Maw-oo-ra) drew a line between her poster and displayed on the left side how the cruise ship could recycle by changing linen on request and baking with solar power. On the right side she showed how St. Thomas can recycle by replanting seeds and desalinating water; hotels can save natural resources by washing sheets every three days and reusing flowers. According to Mwaura (Maw-oo-ra), when all this is done it "equals peace on earth.
FCCA will award the first place junior and senior winners $2,500, the 2nd place winners $1,500 and the students placing 3rd will win $1,000.
The first place winners will attend the 6th Annual FCCA Gala Dinner and Entertainment Extravaganza in Florida on March 9th. The first place winners' class will be treated to a tour and lunch onboard a cruise ship. In addition, art supplies will be awarded to the schools of the first, second, and third place winners. All finalists, except those placing in the contest, will receive $200.
Acting Tourism Commissioner Monique Sibilly-Hodge congratulated the finalists and thanked the students who participated.

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