The Star-Pizza Hut NiE 2011 contest has a lot to offer participants

PETALING JAYA: Pratishwar Sri Murugarasan from SK Bukit Beruntung 2 was on a mission to get tips on how to win The Star-Pizza Hut NiE (Newspaper-in-Education) Mag Inc 2011 contest.

He was seen “courting” 14-year-old Alyssa Neesha Yau from SMK Bukit Mewah, Seremban, whose team was last year’s grand prize winner from the lower secondary category.

She had also been invited to attend yesterday’s launch together with team members to share her stories on their trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia, which was their prize.

When the grand prize trip of a four-day, three-night all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong Disneyland was announced for the various categories (Primary, Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary), the young lad could not contain his excitement.

“You mean we get to travel overseas with our friends only?”

This year’s three-page mini magazine contest, themed “Speak Out!”, will also see participants from the Upper Secondary category win scholarships of up to RM150,000 from Taylor’s College and Taylor’s University.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong, who launched the competition at the Pizza Hut restaurant in Kota Damansara, said the project taught the younger generation to become team players as it contributed towards their holistic development.

“Participating in the contest enables you to develop your potential and creativity, as well as improve your communication and interpersonal skills,” he told the students.

QSR Brands Bhd managing director Jamaludin Md Ali said Pizza Hut and The Star became partners in NiE 14 years ago and it was an effort at lending support to the Government’s push to raise the level of English language competency at schools.

“The programme aims at helping students learn English in stimulating, dynamic and fun ways through the use of newspapers,” said Jamaludin.

Star Publications (M) Bhd deputy group chief editor (I) David Yeoh said Mag Inc provided a platform for students to speak out and air their views.

“While their blogs, Twitter and Facebook are accessible by people all over the world, they might still go unheard by the people who matter the most – their parents, teachers and peers.

“This contest provides that extra medium,” he added.

See StarEducation for full report this Sunday.

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