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Student activities kick off Tourism Month

(MVA) — The Marianas Visitors Authority, in cooperation with the Marianas Tourism Education Council, is kicking off May Tourism Month with activities engaging local school students.

“We’re looking forward to a great month of activities ahead, starting with two exciting events for students,” said MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas. “More and more, we see students understanding the importance of supporting the tourism industry, and this month we’re giving them the opportunity to do so in a number of ways.”

MVA and MTEC are holding a Tourism Month 2017 Graphic Arts Design Contest titled “See My Marianas” for CNMI students in grades 6-12.

The deadline to submit entries is May 12, 2017, and winners will be announced at the Taste of the Marianas International Food Festival on May 20.

Prizes are $150 cash + $150 Taste tokens for 1st place, with additional cash and token prizes for 2nd-5th place.

Submissions must be an original digital design with the words “See My Marianas” featuring a site/location in the Marianas that the artist would encourage people to visit.

I’Chenchon Bird Sanctuary on Rota is just one of thousands of places students may choose to feature in the 2017 Tourism Month Graphic Arts Contest sponsored by Marianas Tourism Education Council  and  Marianas  Visitors  Authority.    The  contest  deadline  is  May 12,  2017,  and  contest guidelines are available at  MVA photo

Entries should include the name of the site/location, and brief 1-4 sentence description of the site, and the following: and icons of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

Submissions may be made by mailing to or posting in the comments area of the contest daily post on Facebook at My Marianas (

Entries should include student name and grade.   All entries must be accompanied by a permission release form, and winners will be contacted via Facebook or email, however they submit.

For contest guidelines and a permission release form, visit For more information, contact MVA community projects assistant Demalyn Pagarao at or 664.3200/01.   By entering, contestants agree to allow MTEC/MVA to use their name, image, and entry for promotional purposes.

On Tuesday, students from 10 local schools were scheduled to conduct roadside waving in support of tourism around 2 p.m.   Participating schools were: San Vicente Elementary School, Kagman Elementary School, Tanapag Middle School, Garapan Elementary School. Kagman High School. Marianas High School. Dandan Middle School, Hopwood Jr. High School, Oleai Elementary School, and W.S. Reyes Elementary.

“We are very excited and grateful for all the schools that have committed to celebrate tourism with roadside waving this year,” said Pagarao. “We invited members of the public to give their full support and honk if they believe, ‘Tourism is Everybody’s Business.”

Students and the general public are also encouraged to show their Hafa Adai Tirow Spirit of hospitality by wearing island wear and traditional attire every Friday throughout the month.