Academy student placed first in the Annual FCCA Essay Contest

L to R: Talullah Baly – Vanterpool, Principle of St. Maarten Academy School, Jacinth Hunkins essay winner, Honorable Minister of Tourism & Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell and St. Maarten Tourist Bureau representative Cherinah Franken.


GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) reported on Friday that Jacinth Hunkins, a 15 year old student of the St. Maarten Academy School, placed first in the Senior Division of the Annual Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) essay contest.

This year’s essay competition theme was “If you were a cruise passenger, what would you like to see and do in your destination”.

As the winner in her age group, Jacinth was invited to accept her prize of a cash scholarship of US$ 3,000 and a plague from FCCA, at the FCCA Caribbean Cruise Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico with all travel expenses paid.

The St. Maarten Academy School also received a monetary award of US$ 3,000 that was presented to the St. Maarten Academy principle, Talullah Baly – Vanterpool by the Honorable Minister Tourism & Economic Affairs Ingrid Arrindell.

STB would like to congratulate Jacinth and her teacher at the St. Maarten Academy School on this great accomplishment.