Indonesian senior high school students took home two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal from the Genius Olympiad held in Oswego, the United States, from June 17 to 22, 2019. Reyna Kamila Arifin and Siti Halimah Indrani Anwar from senior high school SMA Kharisma Bangsa bagged a gold medal each in the creative writing contest. They composed poems on the environment.
“The poetry I wrote overnight speaks about the marine and coastal environment in Jakarta and Bali. I visited Aceh beach in Jakarta and the beaches in Bali. The beaches in Bali look cleaner than the beach in Jakarta,” Reyna Kamila said.
Siti Halimah wrote a poem on forest fires, particularly in Riau province. She said she was concerned about the Indonesian forests which serve as the world’s lungs that must be conserved.
“We must care about the environment, starting with ourselves,” she said.
Naufalia Brillianti Sambowo from SMAN 2 Depok, West Java, and Katrina Angelie Sukardi and Tasya Horax from SMA Katolik Gembala Baik grabbed silver medals.
Naufalia Brillianti won the silver medal in the technology field through her article titled “Reducing Water Pollution Using Ardino Based Automatic Water Gate and Filtration System”.
Katrina Angelie and Tasya Horax received the silver medal in the biological field through their article titled “Activity and Effectiveness test of Soursop Leaf”.
Laksita Kirana Candraditya Anindyanari and Farahiyah Sharfina Saputri from SMAN 6 Yogyakarta contributed a bronze medal in the biological field to the Indonesian contingent with their article titled “l: Chelita “Smart Chemical Liquid”.
The Olympiad brought together 1,400 participants from 75 countries. They contested in the fields of science, arts, business, creative writing and robot.