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Tuesday August 3, 2010

PFS, Chinese Girls take Penang honours

GEORGE TOWN: Students from Penang Free School and Penang Chinese Girls’ High School made their schools proud when they won their respective categories at the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Penang state challenge on Sunday.

Both teams walked away with RM3,000 and a desktop computer for their schools, beating over 50 teams in each category to claim the honour of representing their state in the National Finals.

Penang Free upper secondary student Justin Lim Jia Tian, 17, said he and his teammates did thorough research on the Internet and logged onto The Star’s portal to look up questions asked in the previous state challenges.

Thinking caps on: Quizmaster K. Sivashankar (right) and the top five teams battling it out during the buzzer quiz at the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Penang challenge on Sunday.

“We never expected to win as the competition was stiff but we became confident once we were among the top five.

“The questions were tricky, especially the multiple-choice questions, but I guess our presentation skills helped,” said a beaming Lim.

His teammates Oh Yue Jin and Muhammad Nabiel Waheed, both 17, agreed it was their oral ability which won them the challenge.

Chinese Girls’ Ooi Wei Yuen, Foo Zhe Wei and Christine Yap Ee Ling, all 14, said they took part in the challenge to put what they were taught in school to the test.

The RHB-The Star Mighty Minds challenge consists of four rounds: multiple-choice questions quiz, hands-on task, oral presentation of the model built and buzzer quiz.

The competition is jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and RHB Banking Group while the food and beverage partner is McDonald’s Malaysia. Incidentally, under 18-year-olds can start being financially savvy by opening an RHB Junior Savings Account with just RM1.

The competition has whizzed through 13 states with the final state challenge to be held in Selangor on Saturday and Sunday at The Summit Subang USJ.

All state winners in both categories will then scramble to out-think each other when they meet at the National Finals, which offer a grand prize of RM6,000, in Kuala Lumpur on Oct 16-17.

Catch the students in action over ntv7 at 7.30pm every Wednesday.

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