All smiles: SMK Taman Yarl (top) and SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (below) participants reacting happily after they were named champions in their respective categories.
KUALA LUMPUR: It was sweet success once again for Prasad Thandapani as he was part of the winning team of the Upper Secondary category in the Kuala Lumpur leg of RHB-The Star Mighty Minds National Challenge 2014.
Prasad, who is in SMK Taman Yarl Form Four Science, teamed up with schoolmates Sonia Sanjiivii and Sudha Ashvinder to take part in this year’s competition.
“We brainstormed for ideas for the hands-on challenge and came up with a whiz kids institute of intelligence which would provide scholarships to deserving students with higher order thinking skills,” said Sonia.
Sonia and Sudha, who are Form Five science students, also took part in last year’s competition but did not win.
Prasad was part of the winning team in last year’s Lower Secondary category which won the Kuala Lumpur leg. His lower secondary team was placed among the top five at last year’s final.
SMK Victoria and SMK Seri Saujana were placed second and third respectively in the Upper Secondary category.
The lower secondary title was won by an all girls’ team in Form Three from SMK Convent Bukit Nanas.
Team captain Ooi Yen Ming together with Teng Hai Cheng and Megan Ooi emerged triumphant after dazzling judges with their public speaking skills and vast general knowledge.
SMA Majlis Agama Wilayah Persekutuan and SMK Seri Bintang Utara were placed second and third respectively in the Lower Secondary category of the competition.
The winning teams won RM5,000 cash and a projector for their schools.
The competition will next move on to Perlis on Aug 9, and Pahang on Aug 16, Selangor on Aug 23 and Malacca on Aug 30.
After the 14 state challenges are completed, all champions will make their way to the Klang Valley for the National Finals.
The competition is jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and RHB Banking Group.
For details, contact The Star’s Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777/1703 or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds.