- Category: Newspaper News
- Last Updated on 09 March 2010
A female student, SAM ANG Manin, an eleventh grader of Zaman International School recently won three world awards for young scientists, including a gold medal for energy, an award for innovative solutions to energy consumption problems, a scholarship to study in a university in Turkey for a period of four years, a laptop and one thousand US dollars as an encouragement award. This award is [for her entries in a] science contest and exhibition organized by I-SWEEP Organization [and held] in Houston, Texas, in the United States of America, from April 15 to 20, 2009, with 1,200 students from junior and senior high schools from 60 countries in attendance.
I-SWEEP focuses on three major sectors: energy, engineering and the environment.
SAM ANG Manin was previously a student of Chaktomuk School. In 2004, she took the entrance examination for Zaman International School; she studied in grade 8 with the encouragement from her family. She is currently in the eleventh grade in this well-known school and has always received good grades.
SAM ANG Manin said that she was good at chemistry, biology and history, always coming first, and she also got good grades in her other subjects. During the study hour, Manin tried her best to listen to the teachers’ explanations and if she had any doubts or she did not understand, Manin would ask questions immediately; she would not allow doubt to build in her mind. Because she was outstanding among hundreds of students, the school selected her and two other female students to attend the contest in the United States of America. She was also proud that she represented the students throughout the country to attend this contest and succeeded so well, surprising all participants with her genuine ability; she alone was able to win three awards at the same time.
The success that SAM ANG Manin received was [the result of] her genuine ability; however, her family, school and partly her friends also made valuable contributions [to her success]. For example, her family helped her with everything, including living accommodation and money, and most importantly, they allowed her to study in this good school. In this regard the school has also made a major contribution by providing education in accordance with international standards, good discipline, professional teachers and all forms of encouragement to students. Most teachers at Zaman International School are foreigners of great professional ability; especially the Turkish teachers. Friends are also an important element; without them study [would be difficult]. They need each other both during study hours and outside study hours in order to help each other in terms of what they did not catch or understand. They can meet and play with each other happily and help each other in all circumstances.
Mrs. HENG Chanlida, Medical Doctor and the mother of SAM ANG Manin, praised her only daughter, surprised and happy that Anin followed a good path, mainly focusing on study, and rarely being involved in housework. Manin’s father is PREY Sam Ang, accountant of Memot Rubber Plantation. Her parents had paid attention to her studies since she was a child; she was not allowed to watch television until she was in grade 8, after which her parents allowed her to watch television freely. [By then,] though, she did not have time to watch television. She added that Manin went to school from morning till evening. At night she did homework and read books till 11:00 every night. On Saturday and Sunday she studied English for additional knowledge. She did not like going out for a walk or spending money. Every day she spent a great deal of time on her studies and reading her books. Apart from that, she watched only documentary programs and English-speaking programs in order to listen to English, which was beneficial to her study.
At home she has a personal laboratory in order to practice further. Therefore, Manin was in an environment of [high] educational standards and she was brought up in the most thorough manner.
Since Manin is the only child and her family situation is good, Manin has become the school’s outstanding student. Mrs. HENG Chanlida said that she also went to attend the award ceremony and when she saw her daughter going alone to receive awards again and again, three times, she was so excited. Moreover, this award surprised not only the white-complexioned students [western students], but all participants too. This was a source of pride for her family and for the honor of the country as well.
Mr. Gurkan Cil, Deputy Director of Zaman International, said that the education standards and bringing up of [children] in order for the students to study and receive good results and be successful in the contest both locally and abroad, the surrounding environment should encourage them in any form that it can, including encouragement awards in the form of purchasing souvenirs for them, giving them what they need, taking them on excursions and allowing them to conduct study tours abroad in order to get to know and understand the world widely, as Zaman International School has already done and has always practiced. Most importantly, the school director, teachers and the students’ guardians must act together to encourage them so that they will have courage and approach their studies with enthusiasm.
Mr. Gurkan Cil added that Zaman International School was established in 1997 and currently had two separate buildings. One building was located in Tuol Kok district for kindergarten and primary school (from nursery school to grade 6) and the other building, for grade 7 to grade 12, was located behind the Russian Embassy). Zaman International School is a school that provides full-time education and is organized for students ranging in age from four years old to 17 years old who are looking for an international education in Phnom Penh. The school is equipped with furniture and modern, secure, safe and comfortable study equipment. The school has prepared a large classroom equipped with air conditioner, electronic study materials, laboratories, computer laboratory, art room, library, football field, volleyball court, basketball court, sleeping accommodation, canteen and a large concert hall.
SAM ANG Manin is one of three female students that Zaman International School selected to attend the contest [competing] against 600 other (high school students) male and female students from sixty countries around the world. They brought with them 450 important topics among which SAM ANG Manin chose the topic: ‘Research into the refining of jatropha curcus to create bio-diesel.’ Out of all the students, only SAM ANG Manin won three awards. This success has surprised all participants and the real ability of young Cambodian students has impressed the world. SAM ANG Manin not only elevated the family’s honor but also the honor of the whole country.
SAM ANG Manin was considered by I-SWEEP as a young scientist, and following her completion of grade 12 at Zaman International School in Phnom Penh, Manin is to pursue her studies at a Turkish university in the field of science through a scholarship award.