Students, teachers prepare for StarNIE contest

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  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2009

MALACCA: It was a fun and educational day for over 150 students and teachers who recently participated in The Star’s NIE Mag Inc workshop here in preparation for a nationwide competition.

The Year Four to Form Six students from 26 schools here were among the first to register for the competition that requires them to produce a three-page magazine on the theme Teenage Angst.

Workshop coordinator Adeline Cruz said the competition was an excellent way for students to learn how to produce a magazine from scratch.

“The theme is interesting as it allows us, as adults, to get feedback on what our children are thinking and what worries them,” she said when met at the workshop in Bayview Hotel on Friday.

She said the responses of the students was surprising as some topics chosen by them were serious issues affecting their lives as teenagers.

“Issues such as exam pressure, teenage romance, bullying, Inter­net addiction and gender orien­tation were among the topics selected.

“There was a school from Penang which choose the title “What Am I, a She or a He” for their magazine project,” she said.

She said that similar workshops had been held at Taylor’s College campuses in Subang Jaya, Johor, Seremban, Penang and Perak.

Meanwhile, Taylor’s lecturer Natasha Mohd Hishamuddin said the feedback provided valuable information on the students’ concerns.

She said the competition allowed adults to feel the pulse of the younger generation, which would ultimately guide the country.

The competition is open for online registration from April 1 to 30 and entry submissions by from the respective schools should be made by June 20.

The participants, comprising four students and a teacher in a group, stand to win scholarships worth RM100,000 sponsored by Taylor’s University College.

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