Prevena not first in fam­ily to bag in­ter­na­tional award

New Straits Times - - News - ADIE SURI ZULKE­FLI KULIM

AN SMK Sul­tan Badlishah stu­dent, R. Prevena, made the na­tion proud when she bagged the Best Speaker and Best Po­si­tion Pa­per awards at the 2017 In­ter­na­tional Model United Na­tions (IMUN) con­fer­ence in the United States re­cently.

How­ever, Prevena, 14, is not the first in her fam­ily to win a ma­jor award.

Prevena said she was in­spired by her two broth­ers who had bagged ma­jor awards in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tions. Her el­dest brother, Sri Ahrivesh, 18, won a prize in the GE­NIUS Olympiad 2012 In­ter­na­tional High School Project Fair on En­vi­ron­ment in New York five years ago.

Prevena, her brother, R. Rasyikash, 16, and friend, V. Sush­meetha, did the na­tion proud when they bagged the Dou­ble Gold Award in the Bri­tish In­ven­tion Show in Lon­don three years ago.

Even her younger brother, Ruthi­rash, 10, has shown a keen in­ter­est in sci­ence by ap­pear­ing in The Souped Up Land — The SMART Refugees Camp video, which landed Prevena the run­ner-up place in the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion world­wide mul­ti­me­dia com­pe­ti­tion and an in­vi­ta­tion to the IMUN con­fer­ence.

“I was in­spired by my broth­ers who had won awards in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions. They have proven that noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble if you work hard. I am happy to fol­low in their foot­steps,” Prevena said at her home­com­ing by teach­ers and school­mates at SMK Sul­tan Badlishah.

Present were her par­ents, R. Ra­makr­ish­nan and S. Jaya Devi, her brother, Sri Ahrivesh, the school’s prin­ci­pal Yazid Yu­sof and teach­ers.

Prevena, who as­pires to be a sci­en­tist, said the three-week stint at IMUN’s sci­ence, tech­nol­ogy, en­gi­neer­ing and math­e­mat­ics sum­mer pro­gramme had im­proved her con­fi­dence, par­tic­u­larly in pub­lic speak­ing.

Sri Ahrivesh, a stu­dent of Robert Bosch United World Col­lege in Freiburg, Ger­many, said he was happy with his sis­ter’s achieve­ment and wished to see her bag more awards in fu­ture.

Ra­makr­ish­nan, an en­gi­neer­ing man­ager, said he hoped his chil­dren’s achieve­ments would in­spire stu­dents in the coun­try to take part in in­ven­tion and in­no­va­tion com­pe­ti­tions.


R. Prevena (front row, sec­ond from right) with her award at SMK Sul­tan Badlishah in Kulim yes­ter­day. With her are her par­ents.

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