Solemnity ends the ninth edition of the IESO with awards for the best classified of the competition

Published: Monday, 21 September 2015


 The ceremony was held on Sunday, 20/09, in Poços de Caldas. Seung Wong Jung, from Republic of Korea, achieved the highest score

Last Sunday, September 20th, the Federal Institute of the South of Minas (IFSULDEMINAS) had the honour to award the winners of the ninth edition of the International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO), promoted by International Geoscience Education Organization (IGEO) and held for a week in the city of Poços de Caldas. In the party mood, the closing ceremony took place at the Palace Casino in the morning.

The president of the International Geoscience Education Organization – IGEO, which was the organizer institution of the Olympiad, the researcher Rajasekhariah Shankar, said that he was impressed with the hospitality and reception of Brazilian people and thanked for the event and for the whole structure and mobilization of IFSULDEMINAS. "The event was very well organized, many people have worked in order to make it happen. It was a great success, there was a lot of confidence and responsibility from everyone who worked in the organization," he said.

In the words of the rector of IFSULDEMINAS and host of the event, Professor Marcelo Bregagnoli, "the feeling is the accomplishment, Brazil and specifically the institution proved that any challenge is little – because of this event organization as well as for the positive assessment of the president of IGEO, Rajasekhariah Shankar, on the completion of the Olympiad. Everything was impeccable, the visibility of the institution was very high, showing their organizational skills."

One of the responsibles for organizing the Olympics, the IFSULDEMINAS administration assistant, Cassia Mara Ribeiro de Paiva, pointed out a new for the edition of this year: the awards made by the staff through a trophy given to the delegations that have obtained the highest total scores, summing to note all participants in each team. Cassia also talked about the importance of the competition for the students. "One of the most important aspects of the event is certainly this cultural integration that promotes competition among students of different participating nationalities," she said. During the ceremony, it was also announced that Japan will host the IESO in 2016.

Delivery of medals

The medalists

Students from 23 countries took part in theoretical and practical tests of earth sciences. During these days, they had the opportunity to interact with other cultures, they visited several places and they were able to learn more about Brazil. Students with the best individual ratings received bronze medals, silver and gold.

They were invited by the Deputy Mayor of Poços de Caldas, Nizar El-Kathib, and the Embrapa researcher, Alfredo Barreto Luiz, for the delivery of bronze medals. The under-secretary of Higher Education of the State of Minas Gerais, Márcio Rosa Portes, and General Coordinator of Planning and Management of the Federal Network, Nilton Nelio Cometti, took the stage to the delivery of the silver medals. Finally, to deliver the gold medals, they were invited Professor Marcelo Bregagnoli and the president of IGEO, the Indian Rajasekhariah Shankar.

21379385260 2d51de9021 oThe best individual placing, the great gold medallist, who obtained the highest score in the tests was the Korean student, Seung Wong Jung, who spoke about the satisfaction of receiving the award. "I am very happy because I did not expect, as there were some very difficult issues to resolve. I believe that this medal is a very important recognition for my school and for my country," he said.

The second best individual placing was to Abdel Hafiz, Indonesia, and Kai Hung Cheng, Taiwan. The Taiwanese student talked about the evidence of this competition. "The tests this year were different from previous tests that I used to study, yet the results were satisfactory. I prepared myself very well for the Olympiad and so I am happy," he said.

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Countries classified with the highest grades, considering the average overall score of all members of each delegation, took home a crystal trophy, manufactured in Poços de Caldas. In this mode, the Indonesian team ranked the third place, whose total score was 52.48; Secondly, Korea, with 54.85; and the first, the best total score, was won by Taiwan with 55.18.

The mentor of the Taiwan team, Pay Liam Lin, spoke about the dedication of the students. "We have prepared them for about a year for this event, the students participated in the national team and they were invited to spend a week at the University doing a crash course in all the earth sciences, we were quite confident," he said.

Special recognition

The most charismatic students, elected by monitors who worked with them during the Olympiad, received certificates. They went to the stage to receive this special recognition students: Lior (Israel), Catie (USA), Jose Pedro (Portugal), Jason (Indonesia) and Druuv (India). In the words of the sympathetic student of the United States, Catie, "this was one of the best experiences of my life, the most important of everything is the friends I made, I added everyone in my Facebook, I'm glad that this tool exists so and I can keep in touch with them".

ITFI and ESP Awards

To delivery the certificates to the winning teams of ITFI (International Team Field Investigation), it was invited Professor at Unicamp and member of the scientific committee of the IESO, Roberto Greco. The third place was given to Team B, while Time J took second place and finally, the first place was won by Team E. For the ESP (Earth Science Project), the third place was to Team B, second place was the A team and, finally, Team F was announced as first place.

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