PETALING JAYA: ComQuiz, The Star’s annual IT quiz competition, is back again, this time promising winners of the preliminary rounds a chance to visit Kuching as they vie for top honours.
Dr Lee Fah Onn, senior vice-president of Inti College, said making the Sarawak capital the venue for this year’s finals would serve as an incentive for participants.
“This year, we aim to increase the number of participating schools by at least 20%, and we hope that holding the finals in Kuching will be an added attraction,” he said.
The competition finals will be held outside the peninsula for the first time in its 13-year history.
The event organisers also said they would approach more schools rather than just teams, and continue to enforce the rule of five three-person teams per school which came into effect last year.
Inti Foundation, which is co-organising ComQuiz for the third year running, has pledged RM40,000 to hold this year’s competition.
Other prize sponsors include Inti College, Brunsfield, Microsoft, Acer and Eastpak.
This year’s championship winning team will walk away with a plaque, prizes in kind and an RM5,000 Inti College Merit scholarship for each of its members.
Their school will receive a challenge trophy, personal computer, printer and a scanner.
The first runners-up will receive a plaque, prizes in kind and an RM2,000 scholarship each, while their school will win a personal computer, printer and scanner.
Second runners-up walk away with similar prizes, except they will receive a RM1,000 scholarship each.
There will also be a host of consolation prizes.
ComQuiz 2003, which is open to all Forms Three to Five students in Malaysian schools, will consist of two rounds.
The preliminary rounds kick off on June 28 and the finals take place on Aug 16.
The deadline for submitting entry forms, which will be available in The Star and The Star Online, is April 30.
For more information, contact The Star's Marketing Services Department at 03-7967-1238 or 03-7967-1432.