KUALA TERENGGANU (The Star): Top minds of Tereng-ganu students were put to an extreme test during the nationwide RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Challenge here yesterday.
The event saw a mixture of excitement, jubilation, nail-biting moments and enthusiasm among students in the slug for the lifetime opportunity to represent the state at the national level.
The team from SMK Sultan Sulaiman emerged as the winner for the Upper Secondary category while SMK Seri Dungun made the cut for the Lower Secondary category.
The SMK Sultan Sulaiman’s team – comprising Fifth Formers Yeo Zhi Ming, Daniel Tan Kwan Chiang and Lian Q Lian – received RM3,000 and a desktop computer for their school from Kuala Terengganu RHB assistant branch manager Jamilah Shaik Mahmood.
Flanked by their Physics teacher Tan Teck Siong, group leader Yeo attributed their success to teamwork and dedication.
“Together, we carried out research and buried our noses in reading materials.
“We had to be innovative and within a
short period of time had to come with the model that works and we’re glad we made it,” said Yeo.
Team leader for SMK Seri Dungun Satria Asyraf said part of their preparations involved researching the earlier events held elsewhere in the country.
“We read up on the type of questions that were asked in other Mighty Minds event through browsing on the Internet.
“We are just delighted that our perseverance and systematic revision paid off,” she said, citing their Science teacher Hasleen Kadir Jelani as their mentor.
The team comprising Satria, Nooraisyah Abdullah and Noor Amira Shahirah won RM3,000 and a desktop computer.
The Terengganu leg saw some 104 participants, some of whom arrived as early as 7am, to show off their prowess in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Science and General Knowledge.
A team from a school in Kemaman had to endure a sleepless night travelling 200km just to make it to the contest on time.
The nationwide RHB-The Star Mighty Minds Challenge is jointly organised by RHB Banking Group and Star Publications (M) Bhd while breakfast was sponsored by McDonald’s.
When met later, Jamilah said that the event should be continued as it was the best platform to tap the best brains among Malaysians.