SPH Students Won the 2nd & 3rd Place in Young Scientists Competition 2017

We are proud to announce that SPH students won 2nd and 3rd place in the Young Scientists Competition (YSC) 2017 in Bandung. They are Otilingam Sivakumar Premanand and Abelhard Moshe Jaime Jauwena, from SPH Sentul City. The other student who won the 3rd place is Janice Sugianto, from SPH Lippo Village.

Young Scientists Competition (YSC) is a competition for young scientists, ranging from 13-19 years old, to present their science research project. This competition is hosted by Pudak Scientific, one of the largest scientific apparatus manufacturers in Indonesia. This year’s YSC was held on September 6, 2017, in Mepro Hall, Bandung and students from various high schools all over West Java participated. Before they competed in Bandung, they had submitted their research papers and after a process of rigorous selection, their research projects qualified to be in the finals.

(Left) Premanand and (Right) Abelhard from SPH Sentul City won the 2nd place in Environmental Science Category

Premanand and Abelhard won 2nd place in the Environmental Science Category with their project entitled “Organic Biodegradable Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Plastics.” The Environmental Science category is about designing and creating a sustainable bioplastic using waste banana peel, coconut water, and pineapple juice.

Janice Sugianto submitted her project in the Life Sciences category entitled “The Effectiveness of Guava (Psidium guajava) as an Anti-Infection against Escherichia coli”. Escherichia coli (E-coli) bacteria is a major cause of diseases such as diarrhea with diarrhea being the leading cause of death in Indonesia.

Janice is a science enthusiast; not theoretically but practically and empirically. She is interested in how science can improve the lives of others. She was the only sole participant while the other students worked in pairs. It was her personal desire to join this science competition.

“I am not really strong in academics, sometimes I don’t get the best grades in my tests, but I joined this competition because I want to gain confidence in what I like to do, which is biology. I want to do something based on plants and traditional medicine,” said Janice.

Janice Sugianto from SPH Lippo Village, who won the 3rd place in Life Science Category

They had to work hard from day one on their preparation. They went through a series of trial and error experiments when doing their research in the lab. Janice, for example, had to find E-coli samples for the lab testing. With the help of her biology teacher, she had to contact many parties to help her with the samples. It also broadened her networking as well.

On the day of the competition, all of the students were unsure about their projects, because they thought that other competitors had much better ones.

“When I entered the presentation hall, I had the opportunity to watch the previous participants’ project presentations, and it was similar to our project. Honestly, I thought that they were better…. Their project was very sophisticated and to be honest, we only used a simple spring balance,” said Premanand. Similar to Premanand, Janice also thought that students from other schools surpassed her research project.

Surprisingly, in the end, it turned out that the adjudicators announced that Premanand and Abelhard won 2nd place for the Environmental Science Category, with Janice in 3rd place for the Life Science Category, proving that their anxiety was unfounded.

Janice presented her research

Their achievement in this year’s YSC is one of the greatest milestone that SPH has achieved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) competitions. This competition was at the regional level and the winners will compete at the national level on November 17-18, 2017. We pray that these students can prepare themselves well for entering the national competition, while balancing their studying schedule.

Most importantly, they learned an important value that enhanced their confidence, because being smart is not determined by just one aspect. Students have their own unique strength and have to explore which field they can excel in the most.

“In IB, everything is so competitive. But, in the end, no matter how much I’ve tried, I didn’t get the result that I wanted. So, I only can depend on my hardworking nature as well as my perseverance. I learned that being smart is good, but to persevere is also important to achieve success. Never give up on something that you want to achieve. For me, I am not really good at studying, but I am good in practical things. Try different things, work hard on what you do, and set a goal,” Janice added.

Finally, their hard work paid off.

“It seems that the words of Psalms 128:2 hold true after all. It reads, ‘When you shall enjoy the fruit of your labor, you will be happy and it will be well with you’. We have grown the tree of our labor while overcoming many obstacles, and the fruit tastes sweet indeed,” said Premanand.

Praise God for His work through these students, and may SPH students continue to flourish in the science field to give back the glory to God the creator of the universe!

Premanand with other winners from the Environmental Science Category

Janice with other winners from Life Science Category

 


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