Turks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – The nation’s Top GSAT Student, Jade Clarke of Precious Treasures International Academy, has been shortlisted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as one of three regional finalists in this year’s Caribbean Primary School Tourism Writing Competition.
The CTO’s Caribbean Primary School Tourism Writing Competition for 2017, the CTO Year of Adventure in the Caribbean, was launched by the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board at the end of March. Held in every CTO member country for children within two age groups – 8-10 years and 10-12 years, the competition sought to encourage both creative and formal writing submissions related to strengthening sustainable tourism development in the region.
The competition featured two distinct entry streams: the Formal Writing Stream included works that count as either essays or prose, while the Creative Writing Stream included works that count as poems or short stories. Participants were eligible to submit an entry for one stream only.
The Turks and Caicos Tourist Board submitted all five entries received from primary schools in Grand Turk and Providenciales. Subsequently, CTO reviewed all the entries from its member countries and shortlisted Jade’s work as a regional finalist in the Formal Writing Stream for ages 10 – 12. Other regional finalists in this stream include Gabriella Lewis of Atwell’s Educational Institute in Trinidad & Tobago, and Royel Pemberton of Seventh Day Adventist Primary School in St. Kitts & Nevis.
“I am extremely proud that Jade has been named as one of CTO’s finalist in the Formal Writing Category and I must express thanks to the Primary Schools that participated in this Competition,” says Blythe Clare, Tourism Training Manager and Writing Competition Facilitator. “Special thanks to the teachers and parents who worked with the students and I look forward to their continued cooperation and support.”
CTO will determine the eventual winners based on the following criteria: knowledge of tourism, originality of ideas, expression of self, organization of thoughts, and grammar. Winners will be presented with a special Certificate of Recognition from the Caribbean Tourism Organization and honoured with an all expenses paid trip for them and a parental chaperone to attend and participate in special activities at a major CTO Conference in 2017.
Press Release: TCI Tourist Board