PETALING JAYA: The grand finale of The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education (NiE) annual contest saw eight student finalists in a photojournalism task of taking pictures of a percussion group on stage and presenting an impromptu speech in English.
Five of the students – Adriel Hen Aik Shen, Lam Jone Wing, Nisa Qistina Badrul Hisham, Nur Syazliyana Shek Daud and Yaashinii Naaidu Sri Sivabalasundram – walked away with the grand prize of a six-day trip to South Korea, sponsored by Star Media Group, during the finals which was held at Menara Star here yesterday.
The remaining three, Jasvina Jayani Sanyasi Jeyaretnam, Lee Wai See and Nur Shahirah Mohammad Rashid, joined 12 runners-up who will be enjoying a three-day trip to Genting Highlands, sponsored by Resorts World Genting. The three also received a Coolpix W100 camera each, courtesy of Nikon Malaysia.
The Star-NiE contest this year, dubbed Making A Difference (MAD), called for photojournalism entries from secondary school students nationwide.
Participants produced photographs capturing teenagers or young adults who inspire social change through their actions. Each photograph was complemented by a 150-word write-up on the featured youth and how that effort is creating an impact in society.
The eight finalists beat more than 2,000 participants in the finale as Yujiro Ohmori of Hands Percussion coached five student volunteers from the audience on drumming basics.
Finalists were evaluated on their language proficiency during their impromptu speeches.
The judging panel members were represented by Star Media Group, Resorts World Genting, Education Ministry and Nikon (Malaysia). Resorts World Genting communications and public relations vice-president Katherine Chew said she was impressed by some of the students’ performances.
“They have very energetic and interesting personalities” she said, adding that Resorts World Genting remains a big supporter of the programme.
“By sponsoring this event, we hope the children can improve on their English language so that they can contribute to the community in the future,” she said.
See full report in StarEducate next Sunday.