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SM St Michael Penampang innovators won top accolades in Bangkok IPITEX

By Sabah News Today

KOTA KINABALU: SM St Michael Penampang has again did Sabah and the country proud by winning top accolades during the annual Bangkok International Intellectual Property, Invention, Innovation and Technology Exposition (IPITEX) recently.

The school sent 12 students together with their six innovations to the IPITEX at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre (BITEC) and Hotel Eastin Makkasan Bangkok, Thailand from Feb 2-6.

A Fruitful Trip … SM St Michael Penampang delegation led by Super Principal Jennifer Asing proudly showing their winning certificates together with the Jalur Gemilang at the Bangkok IPITEX 2020. SNT Pix/Credit St Michael’s Secondary School

According to Super Principal, Jennifer Asing who led SM St Michael Penampang delegation to the exposition the accolades won were the Gold Medal by team Anya Aswald Simon Hee and Leandra Allysha Simon Malanjun for their Calendula Carica Bar, Silver Medal by team Luke Sitaim Laurence and Renoir Fayeed Rehman for their Bread Bouncer and the team of Grace Sheera Chau and Mark Adelaide Marcellus for Eco-Floware.

The school’s two Bronze Medals came from team Hannah Peter Mojiun and Azem Farez Mohammad Bahrin for their Follium Wrapper as well as team Crystal Jilian Philip Lasimbang and Sharmayne Jacyntha Switzer for their product called Multi UD.

The team of Aloysius Christopher and Ethan Ico Jokinol with their Hanabira Tiles received the Special Award Medal from the World Invention Intellectual Property Association (WIIPA), which is one of the biggest global innovation associations.

The students had been working hard on the products since December last year under the supervision of Innovation Teacher Advisor, Mariatul Hanis M. Abdullah.

With more than 700 inventions and 20,000 attendees and participants from 25 countries the IPITEX was not only as an important annual event in Thailand, but also one of the auspicious and biggest invention competitions in Asia.

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

“It allows the student to explore new interests, at the same time boost their confidence,” said Jennifer.

She also expressed gratitude to those who have assisted the Michaelian Innovation Team, in terms of financial and moral support including the Board of Governors, The Parents and Teachers Association of St. Michael Secondary School Penampang, Lidus Dapil, 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 open doors of opportunities for everyone despite their background.

“The long and winding journey of the hardworking students and teachers from the humble innovation room in St Michael’s Secondary School to one of the biggest innovation events in the world was hectic, but every drop of blood, sweat, and tears were worth it as all 12 students and two teachers returned proudly with victorious medals and bringing glory to the school while upholding their motto, ‘Ora et Labora’.

“The students also learned that working hard definitely breeds success like the one they have achieved now, which in turn has made Sabah and Malaysia proud,” she said.-SabahNewsToday