Multichoice Uganda has announced winners of the 2016 Eutelsat Star Awards competition at a prize giving ceremony held at their Kololo head offices. The Awards ceremony was dominated by learners from Seeta High School & St. Mary’s College Kisubi.
What are the DSTV Eutelsat Star Awards?
The awards are a product of a partnership between Eutelsat and Multichoice Africa aimed at stimulating interest in science and technology to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent in 42 countries.
This year students across the continent participated both in writing an essay or designing a poster to portray themselves in the future as scientists and design new age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans and depict the different roles and functions the satellite would play in Africa and its future.
Seeta High School and St. Mary’s College Kisubi produced the overall winners of the competition with a one, Dennis Mitala from St. Mary’s College Kisubi winning the essay category while Gordon Brian Alemo from the same school was the run up.
Seeta High School dominated the poster category with Ronald Musinguzi as the overall winner and Edwin Ira merging as the runner up.
Multichoice Uganda’s PR and Communications Manager, Tina Wamala stressed that the awards is a Corporate Social Investment Strategy held annually. She said, MultiChoice understands that to develop and shape today plus the future of our generation, technology and science play a vital part that is why we invest in this competition.
Our partnership with Eutelsat is passionately based on our common belief that the two fields are great contributors to digitizing Africa.”
Over 23 schools in Uganda submitted a total number of 165 entries, vetted by a carefully selected panel of judges that included; Ms. Sarah Agaba Kabahuma, Frequency Planner at UCC who doubled as the head judge for the competition, Mr. Geoffrey Agoi, Principal Broadcasting Engineer for the Ministry of ICT, Mr. James Amatre, an English Teacher at Nabisunsa Girls School representing the Ministry of Education, Dr. Roseline Nyongarwizi Akol, Lecturer and Head, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology at Makerere University and finally Ms. Adrine Twinamatsiko, Branches manager of Multichoice Uganda.
The winning essay and poster will enter into the overall Africa awards and represent Uganda at the continental competition where the best overall in both categories will win a trip to Eutelsat offices in Paris, France and witness a rocket launch, for the best essay winner and the satellite construction site for the poster winner.
The overall two runners up for the best essay and poster respectively will win trips to multichoice offices in Johannesburg and the South African Space Agency at Hartebeesthoek.