St Michael’s students shine again
Published on: Sunday, February 09, 2020
By: Lorena Binisol
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PENAMPANG: Twelve students from St Michael’s Secondary School here added another outstanding performance to the school, bringing pride to the State and nation when they stamped their mark in an international innovation and invention competition held in Bangkok, Thailand recently.

They bagged a gold medal for “Calendula Carica Bar” by Anya Aswald Simon Hee and Leandra Allysha Simon Malanjun and silver medals for “Bread Bouncer” by Luke Sitaim Laurence and “Renoir and Eco-Floware” by Grace Sheera Chau and Mark Adelaide Marcellus.

They also won bronze medals for “Follium Wrapper” by Hannah Peter Mojiun and Azem Farez Mohammad Bahrin and “Multi UD” by Crystal Jilian Philip Lasimbang and Sharmayne Jacyntha Switzer, as well as a special award medal from the World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA), which is one of the biggest global innovation associations for Hanabira Tiles, by Aloysius and Ethan.

The students and teachers were led by school Principal Jennifer Asing and Mariatul Hanis M. Abdulla, Innovation Teacher Advisor.

Thailand recognises February 2 as Inventor’s Day each year to provide a platform seeking business opportunities, co-operation and investments. 

This year, the annual Bangkok International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (Ipitex) and 1st International Conference of Creativity and Innovation (ICCI) were held from Feb 2 to Feb 6 at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (Bitec) and Hotel Eastin Makkasan Bangkok.

More than 700 inventions and more than 20,000 participants from 25 countries took part, thus serving not only an important annual event in Thailand but also one of the auspicious and biggest invention competitions in Asia.

St Michael’s Secondary School showcased six products and talents in innovation, which were the brainchild of the students who had worked dedicatedly and continuously since last year.

“All their hard work paid off, I am definitely happy for their achievements.

“It is one of the many platforms for students from all over the world to enhance and encourage their critical thinking to solve problems, big or small, through different processes of creating and innovating. 

“It allows them to explore new interests, all the while boosting their confidence, prominently in presenting. 

“I, therefore, would like to express our gratitude to some very special people for their generous support in making all these possible for our Michaelian Innovation Team - the prayers, financial assistance and moral support from the Board of Governors, the Parents’ and Teachers’ Association, Lidus Dapil for his kind assistance in preparing the prototype, parents, teachers, staff and students of the school. 

“All in all, this trip has proven to be a triumph and has encouraged the participants as well as other students of St Michael’s Secondary School to dabble in innovation as it opens doors of opportunities for everyone despite their background,” said Jennifer. 

The current PTA Chairman, Datuk Phillip Lasimbang, shared his thoughts and was overwhelmed by the achievements.  

He thanked the school management led by Principal Jennifer for their relentless and untiring efforts to push the students to another level.

Chairman of the Board of Governor, Donald Malinggang, also conveyed his profound gratitude and appreciation to the school for its continuous achievements, a combined effort of the dedicated, committed and innovative staff and undivided commitment from the students. 

“Parents too play an important role for their co-operation and kind assistance,” he said.



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