We were in the grounds of our local mosque awaiting for the Friday prayers when a familiar gentleman wearing a broad smile gave me a tap on my shoulder. Obviously he was bursting to give me a good news.
“Amirah menang hadiah karangan. ( Amirah won a prize in an essay competition)”
Amirah was an Almanar pupil for three years from her Form One until she scored all A’s in her PMR examiination and gained admission into a boarding school in Kuala Terengganu.
I am not at all familiar with the various competitions for school children. This particular one, organised by SM Sains Alam Shah, Kuala Lumpur, is called
ASiS INTERNATIONAL ESSAY AND POETRY WRITING COMPETITION -2012
As shown below Amirah came out third in the essay competition, the top two went to pupils in Kenya and India.
1st - Faith Pepela – Alliance Girls’ High School, Kikuyu, Kenya.
2nd - Roshni Khatri – St Marks Senior Secondary Public School, New Delhi, India
3rd - Nor Amirah Ab Manaf – SM Sains Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia
These top three received cash and Distinguished Award Certificates for their essays.
With a special smile Amirah called with her younger sister to tell us the news
Congratulations to you, Nor Amirah. You have given me reasons to carry on.
Berkhidmat kerana Tuhan untuk kemanusiaan