Twelve outstanding students were the recipients of Apple iPads (first place), laptop computers (second place), $600 COB Credit Union savings accounts (third place), and educational materials (special mention category) when Barbados Port Inc held the Awards Ceremony for their 50th Anniversary Schools Essay Competition at the Barbados Hilton. The winning schools each received $2,000 and a trophy presented to the principals.

Competing in three age groups, the students gave their own perspective of ‘How the Bridgetown Port Has Contributed to the Development of Barbados’. The winners read their essays at the Award Ceremony to the delight of the audience.

9 – 11 age-group winner Zera Yaicob A Yaicob of The Rock Christian Primary School impressed the judging panel with his analogy of Barbados as the human body, and the contribution of the Bridgetown Port as vital organs and systems important to the country’s well-being. He identified the Port’s contribution to the growth of the cruise industry, employment, the generation of foreign exchange, facilitation of personal effects access, imports and exports including refrigerated foods, the protection of our borders through security and health protocols, and the collection of duties to fund social programmes.

Second place was won by Ammarah Patel of Al-Falah Primary School, while Shaina Cumberbatch of St James Primary placed third.

Did You Know?

In January 1979, the Barbados Port Authority was established?