This year is my 2nd year of joining the UNSW ICAS. The first one was last year when I was in Year 4. That time I joined 2 subjects which were English and Mathematics. To my joy, I received double SILVER medals, one for each of them.

Mr. Roy Lo, who then had never been my teacher, said to me, “I wonder what would happen if you were to join all 5 subjects”. Those words stayed on my mind and I myself was challenged to find out.

So, this year I really joined all 5 ICAS subjects namely English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Skills and Writing. Well, actually at first it was just 4 subjects as I did not register for Writing. However, after Ms. Claire ‘persuaded’ me I finally registered for Writing as well.

After several weeks of anxiety, the results were finally out. I won 4 medals. 2 GOLD medals for Mathematics and Science, and 2 SILVER medals for English and Computer Skills. As for Writing, it was quite a stab to find out that I was only 1 point away to get the SILVER medal.

November 23rd, 2013 was a glorious day for all the ICAS medal recipients in Indonesia. The BPPT building was packed with proud students, teachers and parents. Many students from outside Jakarta and even outside Java came all the way there to attend and receive their medal(s).

I was astonished that my name is listed on the very top of the Multiple Medal Winners list. I was even more surprised to see that I am the only one in Indonesia in the whole Year 4 to 12 category who receives the most number of medals. It was like a dream to me. I honestly expected there would be some 4 or even 5-medal winners from other schools. It makes me even prouder to see our school, BMIS, be nominated as the 4th best school in Indonesia for ICAS.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my parents and all teachers who have supported me all the way through this entire journey. You have made me who I am today.

Jovanka Vienna Svenvie

Y 5R 2013/2014

Vienna’s mom comment:

Vienna was the first person to be called on stage to receive the medals. It was funny watching her on that stage, struggling to hold the 4 medals and the certificates in her two hands. She couldn’t carry everything on her own, so the lady who presented the medals helped her. It was definitely one of the proudest moments of my life.

Congratulations baby girl, you will always be our pride and joy. Congratulations also to BMIS !!

Hopefully next year, there’ll be more students taking the ICAS as it is a prestigious international competition that I personally think all eligible students should take part in.

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