The Best School Newspaper Awards (BSNA) is back – with better prizes and lots and lots of pizzas!
After two months of build-up with tantalising hints of new and exciting prizes as well as student workshops on how to produce a newspaper, the BSNA 2005 was officially launched last Monday at Pizza Hut Wangsa Maju.
Amid much anticipation from students and teachers attending the event, The Star group editorial/education advisor Datuk Ng Poh Tip revealed that the grand prize this year is a week-long study trip to Melbourne, to be hosted by the University of Melbourne, for the winning team and their teacher-in-charge.
Another trip, this time a three-day-two-night holiday to Genting Highlands, awaits the two runners-up.
Unlike last year, all schools, both primary and secondary, will be competing for the same grand prize.
Another change to the competition format is that this time around all participating students and teachers will be rewarded for their hard work.
This year’s contest will also not run on a class basis anymore but be a team effort. Each team must comprise eight to ten students.
All students have to do is produce a four-page newspaper on the blank practice sheets The Star will be providing in its Newspaper in Education (NiE) pullout next Wednesday (April 13), and present it at the nearest Pizza Hut restaurant to get a free large pan pizza.
The best part of the contest is that there is no limit to the number of pizzas each team can redeem. If the team is capable of producing 10 four-page newspapers, then 10 pizzas will be waiting for them to enjoy.
However, they can redeem only one newspaper per visit to Pizza Hut. To redeem the pizza, at least four members of the team must be present.
As Ng said, “The Best School Newspaper Awards 2005, just like its predecessors, works on the premise that given the right rewards, students will work towards their goals.”
With such delicious and exciting rewards in store, Star-NiE and Pizza Hut are expecting an increase in the number of entries from last year's 60,000 participants.
QSR Brands Bhd group executive chairman Datuk Izhar Sulaiman said, “Given the many exciting prizes to be won, I am expecting a bumper contest this year with record entries.”
He said that Pizza Hut Malaysia, as a responsible and caring corporate citizen, is committed to improving the well being of the community and society at large.
This includes undertaking various educational projects with other companies that share its philosophy.
Pizza Hut is pledging more than RM3mil in prizes and sponsorship for this year's contest and NiE activities.
However, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim reminded students not to look only at the prizes, but also at how the competition benefits them.
“You should join this competition with the objective of improving your language skills,” said Hon who launched the Best School Newspaper Awards 2005 contest on Monday.
In his speech, Hon thanked Star-NiE and Pizza Hut for doing their part in raising the level of English in the country.
He said, “The Education Ministry cannot by itself improve the standard of education in the country. We need assistance from the community and private companies.”
According to Ng, Star-NiE has been running annual contests to benefit students since its inception in 1997.
“From promoting reading and language skills to harnessing journalistic talents, Star–NiE and its partners have sought to constantly improve the level of English in the country,” she said.
Except for a hiatus of two years, Pizza Hut has been Star–NiE's partner the entire time, providing sponsorship and prizes for the various annual competitions.
For enquiries about the contest, call Kiran/Shiow Chin at 03-7967 1298 or email email@example.com