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11 year old Guyana wins “My Caribbean Essay Contest”

An 11 year old secondary school student from Guyana is the winner of the 12th Annual “My Caribbean Essay Contest” organized by Condé Nast Traveler in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). Roshan Morris took the top honours in the contest. She received a US$2000 scholarship.“I feel so happy about winning and it’s an honour to put Guyana first,” Morris said after the announcement. The runners-up were Morreia Kenisha Findlay of Anguilla and Nicole Pickering of Nevis. Each received a US$500 scholarship.

The announcements were made yesterday by Condé Nast Traveler’s editor-in-chief Tom Wallace at the 27th Annual Caribbean Tourism Conference (CTC-27) here.

For the past twelve years, Condé Nast Traveler and American Airlines have been sponsoring the contest with CTO, helping to educate Caribbean students about the importance of tourism in their countries.

This year, students from CTO member countries were asked to submit a 250-word essay on the topic: What is the One Thing That a Vacation on Your Island or Country Offers That You Can Get Nowhere Else?

The theme and rules for the 2004 contest were communicated to all ministers of tourism who are members of CTO by the magazine’s publisher in February. Over 12 hundred students from 25 member countries participated in the contest.