A group of high school students from Ho Chi Minh City partook in Genius Olympiad, an international environment competition for the youth held in the U.S. last June, and brought home many awards.
Genius Olympiad is an annual international competition for high school students to promote global understanding and do research on solutions to global environmental issue through science, arts, design, creative writing, engineering and business development.
This year’s event marked the ninth anniversary of Genius Olympiad since 2011 and drew participation of over 1,400 high school teams from 76 nations.
Among the Vietnamese teams at the contest was a group of six students of Gia Dinh High School in Ho Chi Minh City.
Two of the students joined hands in a research, while each of the other four had their own research topic.
The students worked on such interesting ideas as using inorganic substance for wastewater treatment or studying the chemical composition of Baobab trees in Africa
All of the five research projects won prizes at the competition, as the team brought home two silver and one bronze medals, plus two fourth-place awards.
“We have different characters but share the love for science,” tenth grader Bui Viet Bach, one of the team members, talked of their motivation in an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
During eight months since the contest announcement day, they have tried their best to follow school schedules, practice English and consult their instructors, according to the students.
The high schoolers were under pressure from the strict time limit, and at times disappointed by many unsuccessful experiments, but they kept on fighting till the end thanks to the encouragement of family and friends.
“I once thought of giving up, but I am so glad I didn’t,” said Tran Nguyen Nam Phuong, a group member.
“There’s no royal way to success, everything takes time and effort,” he added, encouraging others to keep pursuing their dreams.
The Vietnamese team’s hard work and effort paid off in the face-off with teams from other countries when their projects received a lot of praises from the judges and won prizes.
In the interview with Tuoi Tre, the students also shared their memorable experience of competing against thousands of incredible teams, making new friends and learning the culture value of other countries.
“Some of our competitors’ ideas were absolutely amazing and we learned a lot from their performance at the science fair,” Le Trung Nam expressed his admiration towards other teams.
“When your chance comes, just grab it and make it happen,” team member Bui Viet Bach chimed in.
This was Gia Dinh High School’s second participation in Genius Olympiad and they have gained more achievements compared to last year, which all teachers and students took pride in.
The administrators of Ho Chi Minh City are planning to promote science contest among high school students to help them practice what they have learned at school and apply to their daily life.