Francina Francis a sixth form student of Clarendon College topped 26 other fifth and sixth form students across the island to win the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade’s (MFAFT) 50th anniversary essay competition.
She will receive a one week all-expense paid trip to New York City, United States, to participate with the Jamaican Youth Delegation, as an observer, during the United Nations General Assembly.
Miss Francis and her chaperone will travel to New York on October 7.
Sixth form student at St. Mary High School, Shellice Tyson, who placed second, will benefit from an internship at the MFAFT during the summer of 2013.
Sixth former at Immaculate Conception High, St. Andrew, Gabrielle Henry, who placed third, will receive a year's supply of school books.
The competition ( opened to all fifth and sixth formers) was launched in May this year.
Students were asked to submit an essay of no more than 1,500 words on one of the following topics: 'What is the role and function of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in helping Jamaica achieve its development objectives?; 'What do you envision Jamaica achieving, through its diplomatic relations, over the next 50 years of existence?; and ‘Jamaica is a small country with a very big presence in world affairs-myth or reality?'.
The competition was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.