The DStv Eutelsat Star Awards, an ongoing partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa, is aimed at stimulating interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent.
In its fifth year, DStv Eutelsat Star Awards has inspired creative thinking among students and created awareness on how science and technology can be applied to everyday life as well as the many ways that satellites already impact the development of the African continent by accepting poster and essay submissions on the topic: ‘How Satellites Have Helped Us To Understand And Take Care Of Our Planet’.
On January 14, 2016, MultiChoice Ghana awarded four students from four different schools for being the best in Ghana in this year’s DStv Eutelsat Awards.
In the poster category, Patrick Twumasi Yeboah from Prempeh College took the first place, whilst Manuela Yeboah, a student of Crown Prince Academy, took the second place.
For the essay category, Ayawen Asuinura of the Presby Boys Secondary (Legon) took the first place, while Rohith Ravi, a student of the Delhi Public School International, was the second runner-up.
The students were presented with fully installed decoders and subscription for their participation.
The winners were selected after a thorough adjudication process made up of a panel of judges with engineering, artistic and communications backgrounds.
The two winning entries from each category have been submitted for the continental level adjudication to compete with all the winners from other African countries.
The overall winner in the essay category will be invited to see a live rocket launch and to visit the Eutelsat’s headquarters in France, while the overall winner in the poster category will visit Eutelsat’s headquarters and a satellite construction site.
Merit award winners will also win a trip to Johannesburg to see DStv’s technical facilities and television studios at the MultiChoice Africa offices.
At the handing over, Nii Amah Dagadu, regional marketing manager Western and Central Africa for MultiChoice Holdings who stood in for Mr Cecil Sunkwa Mills, general manager for MultiChoice Ghana, stated how proud he was that over 100 students in Ghana took the time and effort to participate in the essay and poster competition.