Golden youth dreams to become forensic scientist
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.