SEPANG: No words could capture the exhilaration of the winners of Star-NiE (Newspaper in Education) Best School Newspaper Awards 2005 contest as they boarded their flight for Melbourne, Australia.
The team of six girls and four boys from SMJK Kwang Hua, Klang, will spend a week in Melbourne visiting its city attractions and go on a guided tour of Melbourne University.
“We are very excited to visit a foreign country and experience a different culture. For many of us, this is a chance of a lifetime,” said team leader Pearly Neo, 16, at the KL International Airport on Saturday.
Her teammate Yeoh Kean Seng, 15, is looking forward to making new friends in Australia.
The school was crowned the contest champion for its entry, CSI (Curious Sensitive Eye), beating Maktab Sultan Abu Bakar, Johor Baru, and SK Methodist (P) Penang.
Teacher M. Ruthirayene, who accompanied the students, was as excited as her students.
“Everyone is so animated, buzzing around with excitement. I’m just thinking of how much fun we are going to have. The trip is an eye-opener for the students, “ said Ruthirayene.
The students are looking forward to seeing the animals of Australia, especially the penguins on Philip Island.
A total of 56,000 students from 260 schools took part in the contest, sending in 7,500 entries.
Pizza Hut is Star-NiE’s partner in the project while the grand prize sponsors included the Malaysia Airlines and Melbourne University.
Genting City of Entertainment sponsored the prizes for the runner-up.