Minister Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher (centre) with students at Wednesday’s award ceremony.
PHILIPSBURG–The St. Maarten Tourist Bureau (STB) hosted an award ceremony on Wednesday for the winners of the Junior Minister of Tourism Interscholastic Panel Discussion. The four winners, Chanel Almonte, Oveidy Soriano-Salas, Pamela Potmis and Kiara Meyers, won cash prizes of NAf. 300, NAf. 500, NAf. 700 and NAf.1,000 as well as several material prizes. Minister of Tourism Mellissa Arrindell-Doncher was also present to address and congratulate the winners.
“To our students, I want to take this opportunity to let you know how we view you: You represent progression and vision – a vision that can only be manifested through fresh young minds and innovative ideas. It is through your young eyes that we see the vision for the future of the tourism industry,” she said.
“I was very happy to see how committed the various schools were in preparing their competing teams for the debate competition. I congratulate the directorates and managements of our secondary schools for their commitment to this event and look forward to the same commitment in years to come.”
She urged the students to remain focussed on their studies and to plan early for their careers. “We hope you choose the tourism sector, because it will need your involvement now and into the future,” she said.