Brunei student wins Science Ambassador title

|     James Kon     |

ELMEEZA Bazillah binti Muhammad Yasrinal Eddy Abdullah of Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (MSPSBS) has done the country proud after being crowned as the SEAMEO Science Ambassador in the 1st SEAMEO Science Olympiad (SEASO) 2019, held recently in Penang, Malaysia.

Competing against 129 participants from Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, Elmeeza Bazillah topped the Level 1 individual category with the highest accumulated points by answering 100 questions, which were a mix of multiple choice and subjective questions.

Each question was shown on a projector for 30 seconds, requiring the participants to answer immediately upon seeing it.

For her efforts, Elmeeza Bazillah received a medal, trophy, certificate and a cash prize of RM200.

The SEAMEO Science Olympiad (SEASO) 2019 is a unique platform of inspiration and scientific knowledge stimulation of future scientists and science academicians all over Southeast Asia, and beyond. It aims to stimulate scientific thinking and know-ledge exploration among students in secondary school levels by applying knowledge into real-life technological problem-solving skills to address multiple issues, including sustainable development.

The Brunei participants of SEAMEO Science Olympiad (SEASO) 2019 in a group photo. – JAMES KON

Thirty teams participated in the event from March 5-8, with the team from Philippines finally emerging as the overall champion, followed by the Malaysia team in second place and the Thailand team in third.

Brunei Darussalam was represented by four students: Elmeeza Bazillah and Radin Hannah Bazilah binti Radin Shafiee from MSPSBS; and Mohammad Amin bin Haji Mohammad Jazmi and Nur Syirin binti Sukarvena from Sayyidina Othman Secondary School, who were accompanied by Hajah Noormah Hayati binti Haji Mohd Noor from Pengiran Anak Puteri Hajah Masna Secondary School and Head Delegate Hajah Normimah binti Haji Abu Bakar of the School Co-Curricular Activities Unit under the Department of Schools.

Hajah Normimah said, “Alhamdulillah, I am proud of Elmeeza Bazillah’s victory, which is a high achievement for Brunei Darussalam. I hope that this will motivate and leave a big impact on students who will be representing Brunei in the future.”