Faces of triumph: Hasmah and Oun (centre) posing with (from left) Ummil, Yee Soong and Syafiq of MRSM Beseri T2 and Junxuan, Ming Yi and Ern Ern of SMK Derma after presenting them with mock cheques at Politeknik Sirajuddin in Arau, Perlis.
KANGAR: Finally, three students from SMK Derma got to taste victory this year after coming within a whisker of being crowned champion during the Perlis leg of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds National Chal-lenge last year.
Tham Junxuan, Saw Ern Ern and Ooi Ming Yi, all 15, were delighted with their win in the lower secondary category.
Team leader Junxuan said last year’s experience helped them to do better this year.
“We were better prepared, especially for the innovation part of the challenge. The secret to winning this time was to prepare early for everything we did,” he said.
Ern Ern believed she managed to answer all the individual questions during the quiz challenge because she read a lot.
“I am thankful the questions that came out were about things I knew,” she said.
Coming in as first and second runners-up for the category were SMK Agama Arau and SM Sains Tuanku Syed Putra.
MRSM Beseri school came out tops in the upper secondary category after edging SMK Perlis by a mere 0.90 points.
The delighted trio of Muhammad Syafiq Mohd Nasarudin, Chua Yee Soong and Ummil Khir Yaakub, all 17, said they were surprised by the win as it was their first time joining the competition.
“We certainly did not expect to go all the way,” said team leader Syafiq.
“Plus, we did not even do much preparation and only competed with what we had learnt by ourselves.”
Despite having to sit for their SPM examinations this year, Syafiq said the competition did not distract them from their studies.
“In fact, it actually helped us as it was an academic-based competition.”
Finishing second and third in the upper secondary category were SMK Perlis and another team from MRSM Beseri respectively.
Star Publication (M) Bhd northern region circulation manager Oun Sui Leng said the competition was a good platform for students to foster teamwork.
“It also helps to build character and confidence as they go through oral speaking sessions,” said Oun.
RHB Bank area manager for Kedah and Perlis, Hasmah Jusoh said the competition was good for students as it built up their courage to speak in front of a crowd.
“This will prepare them and put them in good stead when they face the outside world later in life,” said Hasmah.
After the 14 state challenges were completed, all the champions would make their way to the Klang Valley for the National Finals.
The competition is jointly organised by Star Publications and RHB Banking Group.
For more details, contact The Star’s customer care unit at 03-7967 1777/1703 or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds