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Students proud of wining GENIUS Olympiad’s bronze medal

Two secondary students, Mr Sengsonephet Vongdara and Mr Phontham Visapra, are very happy and proud after winning the bronze medal in the GENIUS Olympiad competition in New York, USA.
They represented Lao secondary school students nationwide to compete in the GENIUS Olympiad 2017 and won bronze in the Visual and Performance Arts illustration sub category.
Their wining title not only builds a name for themselves but also builds the name of their school, the country, and Lao people - especially students - by showing the world more about Laos and its peoples’ abilities and talents.
The awards ceremony was held on June 13 at Oswego in New York, where it was announced two students from Laos took bronze in the illustration competition.

Mr Segsonephet (left) and Mr Phontham poses with their illustrations.

Mr Sengsonephet, Mr Phontham, and their leading teacher returned to Laos on June 24 where they were officially welcomed at Wattay International Airport in Vientiane.
Parents, the school administration board, teachers, and schoolmates made a long line to warmly welcome and congratulate the delegation by holding welcoming posters with national flags, and also presenting them the flowers and garlands.
They were also surrounded by media agencies who eagerly interviewed them about their success.
Mr Sengsonephet said that he, his partner, and the leading teacher were very happy and proud with the title they won because it was very honourable for them and Laos.
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone for welcoming us here and we are very happy about it. It was not easy for us to win this title because there were many students from many countries around the world competing with each other. However, we tried our best and our team was announced with bronze,” he said.
“The difficulties were with the presentation because we had to present in English and explain our illustrations to the judging panel to make them understand the meaning of paintings as much as possible, to ensure that they would be impressed by our presentation and could give the scores.”
“Before the competition, we practiced our illustration techniques and skills. We took a long time to learn lessons and gain knowledge on the environment, and we also discussed with teachers, friends, and parents if we didn’t understand anything. As we hoped, finally we won this important title.”
Mr Phontham said that he and his delegation were very happy to win the important international title.
“The winning title and prizes are very important and meaningful for us and our country because it can promote our country and its students worldwide. We are really happy and proud about it,” he explained.
“This project is very interesting and beneficial for all participants. We learned about many things from this project especially issues on the environment and we also gained new experience on visiting USA and meeting friends from many countries.
“Our illustrations are about environmental issues in Laos. We would like to thank and express our gratefulness to the government, parents, teachers, and friends for facilitating and cheering us which lead to the win.”
“We also would like to thank you, the hosting country, for giving a chance to compete on this stage and facilitating and support us on the trip.”
Mr Sengsonephet and                                                                    Mr Phontham are secondary students in year five of the Eastern Star Schools in Vientiane. They were selected to represent the school and Lao students nationwide to take part on GENIUS Olympiad 2017. They went to New York with a leading teacher, Mr AhmetAcar.
Fortunately, they won a bronze with the Visual and Performance Arts category which is reconised as a big gift to the country.
They will use their prizes wisely to further their education and from now on will continue to improve their illustration skills and compete on other stages if there is a chance.
GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues.
It is founded and organised by the Terra Science and Education and hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego.
GENIUS Olympiad hosted projects in five general disciplines with an environmental focus: GENIUS Science, GENIUS Visual and Performance Arts, GENIUS Business, GENIUS Creative Writing, and GENIUS Robotics.
GENIUS Visual and Performance Arts (VPA) heightens public concerns for environmental problems and solutions.
There were two subcategories for VPA which were judged and awarded separately such as GENIUS VPA: ART and GENIUS VPA: MUSIC.
There were about 1,200 students from 73 countries including Laos participating in all categories this year.

By VisithTeppalath
(Latest Update July 1, 2017 )

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