Indonesia Achieves Gold Medal in Biology

After the eighth time sending representatives to the International Biology Olympiad, Indonesia finally achieved a gold medal. The medal was won by Stephanie Senna, a 12 grade student in IPEKA Bilingual Christian Senior High School (SMAK), Jakarta.

The International Biology Olympiad (IBO) 2007 was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, between July 15 and 22. IBO is a scientific competition event for high school age in biology for many countries in the world. Indonesia has been participating in the Olympiad since the 11th IBO in Turkey, 2000. Each country is represented by four high school students.

During the competition this time, Indonesia managed to win one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. “So far we had three silvers at the maximum. I'm very proud of the result this year,” the mentor of Indonesian Biology Olympiad Team, Agus Dana Permana, told Tempo yesterday (23/7).

According to Agus, to join the competition, the funds needed are around US$10,000 ( Rp90 million). “All was borne by the National Education Department,” he said.
During the olympiad this time, Indonesia delegated Stephanie Senna, who in the IBO 2006 in Argentina won a silver medal. Indonesia also delegated Prayudi Utomo, a third grade student at SMAK BPK Penabur, Jakarta, who in the IBO 2006 won a bronze. Prayudi has already been accepted as a college student in the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Singapore.

Saifurrizal is a second grade student in the Public Senior High School 2 Pare, Kediri. Last year Saifurrizal won a silver medal in the National Science Olympiad competition. Roswitha Muntiyarso, a second grade student at Public Islamic High School Insan Cendekia, Tangerang, won a silver medal in the National Science Olympiad last year.

“I'm proud to be able to defeat the strongest rivals from Thailand, Korea, the United States and China,” Stephanie told Tempo.

In the meantime, this year the Indonesian Physics Olympiad Team managed to win one gold medal. Last year Indonesia won four gold medals. This time the gold medal was won by Firmansyah Kasim from Athirah High School, Makassar. The 38-th International Physics Olympiad this year was held in Tehran, Iran, July 13-21.


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