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2011年4月24日星期日

Quick wit and smooth talking bag top spot for MRSM Pengkalan Chepa


KOTA BHARU: In the end, it all boiled down to ingenuity and the gift of the gab. After completing all four testing categories of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Challenge, MRSM Pengkalan Chepa and SMJK Chung Cheng tied for the first place in the upper secondary category.

After the judges conferred, the team from MRSM Pengkalan Chepa was declared champions based on their superior hands-on model of a tower with viewing decks that could be raised and lowered vertically as well as revolve 360°.

The team also notched higher marks for their oral presentation, when they convincingly sold their model to the judges and audience with sequentially-presented facts and an impressive demonstration.

Brainy lot: Winners of each category posing for a group photo in Kota Bharu on
Saturday. — SAZUKI EMBONG / The Star
MRSM Pengkalan Chepa’s Muhammad Hafiz Shamri Ibrahim Bakri, Nur Izzati Rozali and Muhammad Hussain Abdul Aziz kept their cool to stave off the stiff competition.

“We are delighted at our win. The questions and quizzes were not all that difficult ... the main thing was to work together and keep cool,” said Muhammad Hafiz Shamri.

Second place went to SMJK Chung Cheng’s Foo Chi Khing, Hing Jyi Shen and Kheng Chien Yi while the third place was won by SMK Datuk Ahmad Maher’s Muhammad Faiz Mohd Rabi, Muhammad Zri Amir Mazlana and Siti Nurhayati Ammira Zulkafly.

Held at the state Education Department Technology Department Hall here on Saturday, the Kelantan leg of the competition saw 350 students pitting themselves against each other, hoping to represent their state in the national challenge to be held in the Klang Valley in October.

Sultan Ismail College’s team comprising Liew John Kheng, Danny Darwis and Tengku Long Zarsanc Tengku Long Haniss emerged the lower secondary champions.

“We had to really focus and put our minds together for the highly stressful, exciting last lap – the buzzer quiz – to clinch victory,” said John Kheng.

Both champion teams in the two categories took home RM5,000 and a desktop computer for their school.

Second place went to MRSM Jeli’s Mohammad Nor Amir Ariff Mohd Aziman, Muhammad Nabil Muslim Saadon and Amir Ashraf Ramle while SMK Hamzah I’s Nur Mazni Md Zain, Siti Khairunnisa Mustapha and Muhammad Amir Rusydi Mohd Nasir took third place.

The prizes were presented by RHB Kota Baru branch manager Abdul Aznan Yaakob, witnessed by state Education Department deputy director (English department) Mohd Najib Omar.

About 500 copies of The Star, together with the F3F5, the Science and Maths guide for PMR and SPM students, were sponsored by the Crown Garden Hotel, while breakfast, lunch and tea were sponsored by McDonald’s Malaysia.

Heads up, students in Pahang, Kedah and Sabah! The contest will be heading to your states over the next three weekends, so visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds for details and to download the contest form. Participation is limited to 60 teams for both categories.

For enquiries, contest registration or subscription to F3F5 which contain contest tips, call The Star’s Audience Development Unit at 03-7967 1777 or 03-7967 1703.

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