Monday March 4, 2013
Perseverance pays for SMK Tunku Besar Tampin team mates
SEREMBAN: They made the hour-long drive from Tampin to Seremban Parade and after winning every round of the competition, the champs from SMK Tunku Besar Tampin took home the top prize in the upper secondary category of the RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Negri Sembilan state challenge.
Praveena Subramaniam, 17, said she and her team mates read The Star to prepare for the all-general knowledge multiple choice and buzzer quiz. Her team mate Melissa Goh, 17, said, “Reading The Star helped a lot.”
Poonam Rajes Patel, 16, said they also practised with quiz applications on Facebook.
Although they had joined the competition before, they had never made it to the second round the hands-on challenge.
This time, they not only made it but blew the judges away with their idea of a portable rubbish bin that park visitors could carry with them.
The three small-town students will make their way to Kuala Lumpur for the National Finals in October.
“We're the underdogs,” said their teacher Goh San Heng, who thanked RHB and The Star for giving students such an opportunity.
RHB Bank Berhad Negri Sembilan Area, Central Region 2 head and Area Manager 4 Siew Kong Hon said there was an increased participation from those in the rural areas this year.
He said that this was in line with RHB's aspirations to bring every student to the same level.
The upper secondary winners at the National Challenge will win a trip to the Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Ireland, sponsored by Penang Medical College.
For details, contact The Star's Customer Care Unit at 03-7967 1777/1703 or visit www.thestar.com.my/mightyminds.