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Alesyah named Sabah Youth Icon
Published on: Wednesday, December 06, 2023
By: Johan Aziz
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Alesyah named Sabah Youth Icon
Alesyah with the Sabah Icon Youth award.
KENINGAU: Alesyah Asa, an alumni of the Keningau Vocational College’s Construction Technology programme, was named Sabah Youth Icon at the State-level National Youth Awards in the female category at the Sabah International Convention Centre, Kota Kinabalu, on Dec 2.

The award was presented by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor. The State-level Awards was organised by the Sabah Youth and Sports Department.

Alesyah, who received a trophy, RM5,000 cash and a certificate of appreciation, expressed her gratitude to those who mentored and supported her in her educational and career journey.

Keningau Vocational College (KYC) Head of Research and Innovation, Dr Sirhajwan Idek, said Alesyah, a Murut from Nabawan, was also awarded the 2023 Sabah TVET Icon in October and recipient of the 2023 Minister of Education’s Gold Award in March.

“Alesyah, who graduated in March 2023, made history last year by being the first Malaysian to be a top 10 finalist of the Global Student Prize, the world’s most prestigious student award that offers USD100,000 to one winner annually.

“Her successful nomination was attributed to her contribution and impact in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programme, in which she trained school students and teachers in operating emerging technological trends like drones and 3D printers,” he said.

Dr Sirhajwan said she also represented her college in several innovation contests and research conferences where she pitched her final year project, which was a tool designed to help bricklayers lay tiles on floors more efficiently.

In 2020, he said, she successfully led her team to win two global awards, a media literacy hackathon based in South Korea and a grant from the Awesome Foundation headquartered in the United States of America.

He said she was also conferred the Bintang Kinabalu (B.K) award from Sabah Head of State Tun Juhar Mahiruddin in 2022.

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