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State House Girls School clinches conservation prize

BILLOW KERROW
By | April 13th 2011

State House Girls High School students Tracy Muringa, Faith Kasembeli, Doreen Mirigo and Daisy Kendi will enjoy a two-day tour of the Amboseli National Park after their artwork scooped first place in a secondary school conservation competition.

Their schoolmates were the runners-up while Brookhouse International School took third place.

Serena Hotels, Born Free Foundation and Australian Education Consultants who co-sponsored the competition presented the winning prizes to the girls during the school assembly. The school also received a large fibreglass lion decorated by the renowned artist Mia Collis from Australian Education Consultants to keep for a period of one year.

The contest on the theme: Lions – How Can We Save Them was divided into project, photo essay and painting, drawing and mural categories. The competition was open to high schools in Nairobi and its environs, and Nakuru.

Two-day tour

"We read about the competition on the school notice board and our art teacher encouraged us to participate. We submitted our drawing and forgot about it until today! None of us have been to Amboseli National Park and we are really excited about the two-day tour seeing the lions in their natural habitat and sleeping in a five-star hotel!" an elated Kendi, said.

Form Four students Sarah Milanoi, Ama Waithira, Diana Opondo and Faith Ndua took second place.

They were rewarded with a tour of the Nairobi National Park where they enjoyed a bush breakfast sponsored by Australian Education Consultants and Born Free Foundation.

The winners were selected by judges from Born Free Foundation and Australian Education Consultants. Emphasis was placed on creativity and contestants were allowed to use tools such as websites, power point and models to illustrate their projects.

The winners in Form Three sketched an illustration depicting lions as human characters trading in human parts like teeth, hair and skin.

Mr Gurgeet Chana, one of the judges from Australian Education Consultants, explained: "We were looking for more than just good artwork. The picture won because it was unique and original with a very strong message about conservation. The judges said it was witty and had great satire and irony once you looked at the real meaning behind it."

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