The Sunday Mail
Scholars’ Scroll Reporter
STUDENTS from Harare and Mutare have scooped accolades for their entries in the poster and essay sections of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition for 2018.
In the essay category, the 2018 winner is Isaiah Marikopo (19) of Allan Wilson High School in Harare while the runner-up is another Harare scholar, Devine Madzima (14) of Dzivarasekwa High School.
In the poster category, Munashe Chikuni (18) of Mutare Boys High School was named winner and the runner-up is 14-year-old Malvin Muparutsa, also of Mutare Boys’ High School.
“We are pleased to announce the names of the national prize winners and we are hopeful that they will do well in competition against the other countries’ national winners, as their submissions have now gone for consideration at international level,” said Liz Dziva, publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe.
She said the competition was run at international level, attracting entries from a large number of African countries, as well as at national level, with winners and runners-up in the two sections at both levels set to receive prizes.
“We were delighted with the number of entries received for 2018 and judging of submissions from across Zimbabwe has now been completed,” she said.
The competition is hosted each year by leading pay-TV operator MultiChoice Africa and satellite company Eutelsat, and is aimed at encouraging students to take an interest in science and technology in general and at satellite technology in particular.
Since the competition was launched in 2011, Zimbabwean students have fared well at international level with poster and essay sections having been won by Zimbabweans against stiff competition from peers across the continent.
Ghana will host the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards international prize-giving ceremony on Wednesday February 13, when the overall winning entries in the competition will be named and will receive their prizes. For the overall essay competition the prize is a trip for the winning student and a parent or legal guardian to visit Eutelsat in France and then attend a live rocket launch in French Guyana.
The overall poster winner will win a trip for the winning student and a parent or legal guardian to visit the MultiChoice offices in South Africa and then go on to visit the South African Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek. The schools attended by the overall award winners will each receive a DStv installation, including satellite dish, television, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.
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