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TOURISM ESSAY WINNER NAMED

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July 8, 2001 – Janeale Gottlieb, an 11-year-old student at Sts. Peter and Paul School in St. Thomas, is the local winner of the 2001 essay "My Caribbean" essay contest. As a finalist in the region-wide contest, she and a chaperone will have an all expense paid trip to Grand Bahamas Island in October to attend the Caribbean Tourism Conference.
Gottlieb's essay was chosen from 74 submitted territory-wide.
Semi-finalists from the Virgin Islands are Aziree Pemberton of Joseph Sibilly School, Laurel Liburd, Peace Corp Elementary, Reynee Lisa Clark, Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School, and Shamoi Garcia of the St. Croix Moravian School.
Pamela C. Richards, commissioner-designate of Tourism, announced the winners. Her department is a co-sponsor of the contest along with Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, the Caribbean Tourism Organization and American Airlines.
Students were asked to answer the question: "If a visitor was coming to your country for the first time, what would you suggest they see and do?
Gottlieb's answer, in part, was: "Main Street is a great place to shop on St. Thomas. The shops are aligned along the Waterfront and Backstreet. On Main Street there is a great variety, quantity and quality of items. There are unlimited stores where you can get jewelry made of pure gems, handcrafted by famous artisans. On Main Street here is even a gallery that sells and shows off exquisite black coral sculptures that were hand made by a famous French Virgin Islander who is popular in the United States."
The overall winner of the essay contest will receive $2,000 and have his/or her essay published in the November Reader's Choice Award issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

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