Never fear, handphone is here

THE Newspaper in Education (NiE) contest for October proved one thing, if nothing else – handphones have become one of life's necessities. “The five things I'd take with me” contest, which ended on Oct 31, drew a common response. 

Although the entries came from kids aged eight to 17, almost every single entry listed a handphone as among the five things they would take with them if stranded on an island, regardless of whether they could be within range on the island. 

The contest called for students to cut out from The Star five things they would take with them if they were shipwrecked on an island, paste it on a sheet of paper, and explain why the item was picked.  

Entries were judged based on creativity, as well how students expressed themselves in the entries. It was tough for the judges to choose the top five winners as all the entries were creative and reflected individuality. It was clear that for some, having Justin Timberlake for company would make being stranded a lot more bearable. 

Other interesting items listed was a globe (“so I can find my way home”), Hong Kong actor Jet Li (“because the police would be more concerned about rescuing me if I were stranded with a movie star), a Malaysian flag (“to show how patriotic I am”), aloe vera lotion (“because I have sensitive skin”) and a refrigerator (“to keep my food fresh”). 

The winners for the contest are 

1. Ng Eng Huei, 13 from SM Sri Sempurna, Kuala Lumpur 

2. Kuan Pei Xuan, 16, SMK Methodist ACS, Sitiawan, Perak 

3. Ling Pei Teng, 14, SMK Seri Bintang Utara, Pandan Jaya, Kuala Lumpur. 

4. Noor Farahin Azizan, 14, MRSM Bitara, Langkawi, Kedah. 

5. Nafizah Jan, 17, SM Convent Pulau Tikus, Pulau Pinang. 

All five winners will receive a T-shirt and a RM60 Hotlink Top Up Ticket, both sponsored by Hotlink from Maxis. Congratulations and have fun chatting on your mobile phones! 

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