Countdown to the finals

  • Education
  • Sunday, 02 Oct 2011

Come Oct 15 and 16, these upper secondary state champions from around the country will meet at the Putra World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur to battle it out for the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds 2011 National Finals.

What is the one superpower that you wish you had to win this competition?

What is your most memorable moment at Mighty Minds?

Complete this sentence:

A Mighty Minds student can’t live without...

*Photos are captioned from left.

*Names in bold denote team leaders.


Ahgheelan Sella Thurai, Lee Kin Onn and Teng Wai Huang

The ability to neutralise all the other superpowers. With that, our competitors will lose any leverage they gain through their powers.

Seconds remained to our hands-on challenge as we struggled to assemble our “lighthouse” when horror struck — the motor got detached from its housing. In an act of desperation, we scribbled a note begging the judges for a few extra seconds to fix it. Fortunately, the judges kindly reattached it for us. The model worked.

... challenges. Challenges make life exciting. It’s why we play the hugely annoying Angry Birds. When things are too easy, we get bored. So the next time a “green pig” taunts you, turn around, look it in the eyes ... and say: “challenge accepted!”


Chai Jia Zheng, Cheah En Ying and Nikhil Theva Raj

The ability to stop time so that we will have sufficient time to complete our hands-on model and test the prototype to make sure that it is functioning.

When the emcee was supposed to announce the first runner-up, he said, “they were the champions last year…(which was our school)”. We were totally devastated until he continued saying, “…and they succeeded in keeping the crown!”

... creativity and innovation because they are crucial elements that will make our model stand out from the rest and enable us to solve problems creatively.

TERENGGANU SMK Sultan Sulaiman

Low Pei Heng, Sharyn Wong Yi Jien and Eswaren Ravishankar

The ability to transform our arms into robotic limbs ala “Edward ScrewdriverHands”. Hopefully, these nimble metacarpals won’t screw up our creative juices and will help us drill a pathway to victory in the hands-on challenge!

During the hands-on challenge, we were given the task of building a house on fire. True to form, we set to work by attacking the materials given – literally. Black markers were whirled around in a frenzy to scrawl “soot” on our model. We turned around to discover that the other teams’ villas looked more like the picture-perfect postcards of Prague! Thankfully, we emerged unscathed from the challenge.

... fighting spirit! When the chips are down and the chances are low, even the bleakest skies can be transformed into a beautiful sunrise. Pick up from where you trail off, give your all and hope for the best!

KELANTAN MRSM Pengkalan Chepa

Muhamad Afif Shamri Ibrahim Bakri, Nur Izzati Rozali and Muhammad Husaini Ab Aziz

The power to control time. It would be so awesome to control time as it can give us the advantage to have more time than others in finishing our task.

Without a doubt, it would be the time when our team had won the competition. We were extremely happy and it felt like a surreal moment for us.

... healthy food. A student wouldn’t have a “mighty” mind if they don’t eat healthy food.

PAHANG SMK Abdul Rahman Talib

Mohamad Nazmi M. Nordin, Tengku Muhammad Faris Tengku Afzan and Nurul Nadiah Nordin

Mind reading. The reason: we will know what others are thinking. It will definitely help during the quizzes or the hands-on challenge!

Definitely the moment when we were announced as the winners and the song We Are The Champions blasted through the speakers. But most unbelievable of all, a lady whom we didn’t know came up to congratulate us and she even hugged Nadiah.

... imagination, with which nothing is impossible; creativity, by which we mean using both sides of our brain; and randomness, which tells us to expect the unexpected.

KEDAH SM Sains Sultan Mohamad Jiwa

Najhan Rosli, Mohamad Hazwan Fikri Khairi and Nur Shazwani Ramli

The ability to predict what will happen next. Our heads will be bombarded by the upcoming questions and it will be easier for us to answer all the questions correctly.

It was the moment when our team was announced as the state champions. We were extremely excited when all the cameras were focusing on us with the media asking questions non-stop and the loud applause from the audience in the background.

... challenges. For us, no challenge means no life. We love to explore new things in order to gain new experiences.

SABAH SM Sains Sabah

Jerry McLean Jonis, Rifhan Irdina Jupri and Adam Abdul Rahman

A super-duper mighty brain! With this brain power, we can read other people’s minds (especially judges) and we can also think faster than a Cray Supercomputer.

When we were one question away from being disqualified in the first round. We ALMOST went back home empty-handed. Luckily we made it (fuhh..).

... their brilliant minds because not all people can overcome the challenges in this competition.

FEDERAL TERRITORY Sri Cempaka Damansara

Chin Siew May, Lauren Diandra Ong Sue Ching and Laura Oh Chun Xing.

The power to control time, so we would have as much time as we wanted to perfect our hands-on model.

Lauren: When I gave the totally wrong answer for a buzzer quiz question. It was quite embarrassing as I sounded very confident answering it.

... textbooks.


Muhammad Asmat Abdul Rahabudeen, Muhamad Akmal Muhamad Sharudin and Muhammad Affiq Abd Rahman

Knowledge. It is the most powerful thing in the world. We’d like to know everything about everything.

We went all out for the model construction and learnt the true meaning of teamwork. The model turned out to be rather simple and we weren’t hopeful of our chances. But Allah SWT decided that we would be the state champions.

... knowledge, creativity and perseverance.

JOHOR Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar

Mohammad Syafiq Zaini, Justin Low Zhi Herng and Keshan Reddy Raveendran

The amazing ability to telepathically communicate among ourselves without needing to speak to each other! We could then discuss secretly and quietly, in... our... minds...

It would surely be the moment when both our school teams were announced as the champions for both categories!

... his/her brain of course! What is a Mighty Mind without a Mighty Brain?

SARAWAK SMK Jarang Arang

Alicia Cheong Yan Qiu, Joshua Taylor Thomas and Aaron Wong Sie Ang

The ability for the brain to be automatically updated on the latest exciting events happening all around the world and all the general knowledge.

The moment when we were proclaimed the champions — we were absolutely thrilled and overwhelmed with joy.

... facing challenges in life because after one overcomes a challenge, he will be prepared to face perhaps a thousand more ahead with stoicism and perseverance.

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