Publicity and public relations manager of MultiChoice Zimbabwe Liz Dziva has announced the 2018 DStv Eutelsat Star Awards competition winners.
In the essay category, the winner is Isaiah Marikopo (19) of Allan Wilson High School in Harare, while the runner-up is Devine Madzima (14) of Dzivarasekwa High School, also in Harare. In the poster category, Munashe Chikuni (18) of Mutare Boys’ High School was named winner, and the runner-up is 14-year-old Malvin Muparutsa, also from the same school.
“We are pleased to announce the names of the national prize winners and we are hopeful that they will do well in the competition against the other countries’ national winners, as their submissions have now gone for consideration at international level,” said Ms Dziva.
The competition is hosted each year by leading pay-TV operator MultiChoice Africa and satellite company Eutelsat, and is aimed at encouraging students to take an interest in science and technology in general and at satellite technology in particular. Since the competition was launched in 2011, Zimbabwean students have fared well at international level with poster and essay sections having been won by Zimbabweans against stiff competition from peers across the continent.
Ghana will host the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards international prizegiving ceremony on Wednesday February 13, when the overall winning entries in the competition will be named and will receive their prizes. For the overall essay competition the prize is a trip for the winning student and a parent or legal guardian to visit Eutelsat in France and then attend a live rocket launch in French Guyana. The overall poster winner will win a trip for the winning student and a parent or legal guardian to visit the MultiChoice offices in South Africa and then go on to visit the South African Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek. The schools attended by the overall award winners will each receive a DStv installation, including satellite dish, television, decoder and free access to the DStv Education Package.