Tenzin Wangchuk, Thimphu
Wangdrak Dorji of Dr. Tobgyal School, Thimphu, has become the winner of the 10th Golden Youth Award (GYA) camp.
Speaking to The Journalist, this 15 year-old boy said that he had never expected to win the competition. “It came as a bit of a surprise for me because there were many other contenders who were equally competent to bag this prestigious award. But it is also true that I gave my best,” said Wangdrak Dorji.
“I would like to thank my parents, teachers and all those who stood by me. This award means a lot to me,” he said.
When asked what did he learn from this competition, he said that ‘everything’. “The programme was designed in such a way that it brings out the best of us. It was the competition of a totally different level,” he said.
Abishek Ghalley of Drugyel Higher Secondary School bagged the first runners up award while Tsheltrim Wangchuk of Chundu Armed Force Pulbic School, Haa, took away the second runners up award. Yenten Jamtsho of Gelephu Higher Secondary School stood fourth in the competition.
While the winner will receive a scholarship to study in one of the renowned colleges in a third country, the two runners up will get a chance to attend an international youth forum in Hong Kong later this year.
In the event, Bajo Higher Secondary School received the best community proposal project award of 2017. Pema Gatshel Dzongkhag won the best Dzongkhag innovative farmer’s project award.
The event was graced by the presence of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck. “Bhutan maybe a small country with a population of over 700,000 but if all brains are put together, we will be leveled with those powerful nations around the world,” said Her Majesty.
Her Majesty also mentioned that the camp is mainly to bring all young minds together and motivate them to explore their unrelenting potentials.
Meanwhile, this year’s GYA was aimed to mark the 60th birth anniversary of the president of Youth Development Fund, Her Majesty Ashi Tshering Pem Wangchuck.