(ZIZ News) — Six high school students in St. Kitts competed for the title of Junior Minister of Tourism earlier this morning at the 2016 St. Kitts Tourism Youth Congress, hosted by The Ministry of Tourism and The St. Kitts Tourism Authority, held at The Sir Cecil Jacobs Auditorium.

The students were given the opportunity to discuss issues of regional importance from their point of view, and were encouraged to be a part of the sustainability of their islands.

The Washington Archibald High school emerged as the winner of the competition with 408 points, making Dahneira Hodge the official 2016 Junior Minister.

Permanent Secretary in The Ministry of Tourism, Carlene Henry Morton, explained the many benefits of the competition.

”We are here this morning in partnership with the Ministry of Education to host a mock Tourism Youth Congress. This is an avenue for you students to share with and learn from each other, the importance of Tourism to the socio-economic development of our people and federation”, the Permanent Secretary stated.

The students expressed their views and shared their ideas with the assistance of visual aids and or audio.

The Cayon High school scored 372 points for second place, The Charles E Mills Secondary School amassed 258 points for third, and Saddlers Secondary followed with a score of 230 points overall.

Dahneira Hodge now goes on to compete in the Regional Tourism Youth Congress in Barbados later this year.