finalist Alesyah Asa wants to bring change to her community

01 Sep 2022 08:59pm finalist Alesyah Asa - Bernama Photo finalist Alesyah Asa - Bernama Photo
KENINGAU - Alesyah Asa, a 20-year old student who is listed as among the top 10 finalists for the Global Student Prize 2022 wants to bring change to her community in Keningau and her place of birth in Nabawan.

She said to be listed in the top 10 was an achievement she had never dreamt of and would use the experience and opportunity to bring change to her community, especially in matters that involved youths.

A Construction Technology Diploma student of the Keningau Vocational College, Alesyah also intends to develop Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, especially in robotics, drone and 3D printing among students in the state.

"I’ve been told (I am on the list) via e-mail yesterday and of course, I am happy and touched to be among the top 10 finalists.

"To be listed is a heaven-sent for me, win or lose, it does not matter. Let's see how it goes.

"Whatever the outcome, I hope to bring greater change and help my community here, especially the youths.

"I also hope more of them be given this opportunity for us to together bring development to Sabah," she said when contacted by Bernama today.

In a statement issued today, said, "Alesyah is in the list of top 10 finalists for the award that offers US$100,000 to the student who makes a real impact on learning, the lives of his/her peers and on society.”

The only Malaysian student as a finalist for the award, Alesyah was selected from a list of 7,000 nominations and applications from 150 countries across the world.
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Keningau and Nabawan are two districts in the interior of Sabah located 112 and 179 kilometres respectively from Kinabalu on the west coast of the state.

Alesyah also thanked the teaching staff and Keningau Vocational College as well as her family members, as without the support of all, she would not be able to reach this level.

On her future plans, she said she was now undergoing an internship and to further her studies at the degree level.

"I have not decided on which university to go to. It could be one of the local or overseas universities.

"I am also still thinking about the course. One step at a time I think and I believe that if we work hard, we will be rewarded,” she added. - BERNAMA