Kevin Emeraldo, the Champion of Competitions from Simprug

Nothing succeeds like success – a perfect way to describe the achievement of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Simprug, South Jakarta. Another student of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Simprug has just accomplished an international-scaled achievement on ICAS (International Competitions and Assessments for Schools) 2011. The star of the moment is Kevinski Emeraldo Himawan.

Kevin didn’t stop at nothing. He is the winner of the Gold Medal for English ICAS 2011. ICAS is a competition organized by UNSW (University of New South Wales). There are several subjects listed on ICAS, such as Computer Skills, English, Mathematics, Science, Spelling and Writing.

In addition to his own capability, Kevin is constantly supported by his parents and Binus International School Simprug for ICAS 2011. “Before I started to compete in ICAS, my teachers helped us to prepare for the competition. They gave us old ICAS tests and we discussed the answers with them. That way, we are trained to answer the ICAS test,” says Kevin, who likes to play guitar on his spare time.

This is Kevin’s first time in the competition. Yet, Lady Luck seems to be on his side. Kevin was quite shocked when he was announced as the Gold Medal winner. He had difficulties in answering the questions in the test and he had limited time. However, he managed to overcome all that and obtained the highest score in English ICAS Category.

Besides the ICAS 2011 Competition, Kevin also represented BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Simprug on IYLF (Indonesia Young Leaders Forum) 2011. He was chosen by the Headmaster of BINUS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL Simprug for a reason. He has excellent GPA, a good command in English and the potential to be a leader.

“I am one of the eight representatives from Indonesia who participated on the event. In IYLF, we shared our culture with international students and, on the other hand, we also learned about their culture,” says the student who wants to be an engineer in the future.

According to Kevin, this competition taught him many things. He discovered a lot of new things about foreign culture and he learned how to be a better leader. He also learned other important skills such as discussion ethics, idea-sharing and proper planning.

Kevin gained valuable experience on IYLF. He learned to be open-minded and he had to solve problems caused by cultural differences. In IYLF, there were representatives from The United States, Singapore, Korea, China, Australia and Indonesia. All the programs were organized by students of Bugil Academy GLP Korea.

Kevin participated in several competitions, such as ICAS English, Mathematics and Science, and instrumental guitar competition. With these competitions, Kevin wants to measure his own capability outside the school community. Moreover, these competitions help Kevin to develop his talent and hobbies.

Kevin has a huge ambition when it comes to competitions. Of course, he is trying to balance his study in school. “For competitions like ICAS, I prepared myself by learning from the tests. With this type of competition, the preparation can be done simultaneously. So, I can learn for my study and for the competition at the same time,” Kevin says.

The valuable experience provides the knowledge which Kevin needs to face future challenges. Kevin also urges other students to aim for the stars. “Reach your dreams! The sky is the limit! I know this sounds cliché, but I find truth in those words,” says the boy, who was born at Singapore, July 19 1994, as he laughs. (RA)

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