Golden youth dreams to be­come foren­sic sci­en­tist

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Tsh­er­ing Tashi

Karma Choki, a class 10 stu­dent, from Samten­gang Cen­tral School bagged the most cov­eted Golden Youth Award for this year. With the ben­e­fits that comes with the award she has al­ready laid the dreams of her fu­ture ca­reer.

“I ded­i­cate this award to our beloved fourth Druk Gyalpo,” said the ex­cited youth who was se­lected to par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual event.

Dis­play­ing the prize proudly she said, “I came here car­ry­ing the hopes of teach­ers, fam­ily, friends and the dzong- khag. I want to be­lieve that I’ve lived up to their hopes.”

The win­ner of the award also re­ceives schol­ar­ship to study abroad. Karma has al­ready cho­sen her pro­fes­sion. “I will pur­sue science for my fur­ther stud­ies and as­pire to be the first foren­sic sci­en­tist by 2020,” she said.

The stu­dents of Paro, Tashiyangtse and Tsir­ang claimed the ti­tles in the cat­e­gories of young sci­en­tist, quiz com­pe­ti­tion and de­bate com­pe­ti­tion re­spec­tively.

This year the youth award com­pe­ti­tion also saw ad­di­tion of a new cat­e­gory called pro­posal for so­cial ser­vice. The award in this cat­e­gory was bagged by Dechen Nam­gay from Chukha and Ngawang Jigme of Nganglam.

The youths who par­tic­i­pated in the event went home with so much of mem­o­ries and pos­i­tive feel­ings. “The best things in the world couldn’t touch my heart but these mem­o­rable pro­grammes with friends from all walks of life around me has re­ally touched my heart,” said Kin­ley Wangmo, a par­tic­i­pant from Lungten­zampa Mid­dle Sec­ondary School.

“These pro­grammes have taught us to be more dy­namic, ex­plore new things, make new friends and we have won­der­ful mem­o­ries to take away from this event,” she added.

This year’s event which ended last Fri­day saw a to­tal of 80 stu­dents with equal num­ber of par­tic­i­pa­tion from both boys and girls from across the coun­try. The stu­dents are se­lected based on their aca­demic per­for­mances and par­tic­i­pa­tion in cocur­ric­u­lar, literature and cre­ative ac­tiv­i­ties while in their school. Ev­ery dzongkhag is rep­re­sented by two fe­male and two male stu­dents.

Dur­ing the week­long event stu­dents took part in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like public speak­ing, de­bate, literary and cre­ativ­ity, quiz com­pe­ti­tion on cur­rent af­fairs and so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Golden Youth Award is awarded by the Youth De­vel­op­ment Fund and is sup­ported by Dr Atti-La Dahlgren, vice-pres­i­dent, RE­DEEM Switzer­land, The Druk Green Power Cor­po­ra­tion, UNICEF-Bhutan, Druk Hold­ings and In­vest­ment, Bhutan De­vel­op­ment Bank Lim­ited, Bhutan Power Cor­po­ra­tion and Zim­dra Com­pany.

Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tsh­er­ing Pem Wangchuck graced the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the event last Fri­day.

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