Tina Wamala , MultiChoice Uganda PR & Communications Manager (M) poses with Dennis Mitala ( L ) of St Mary’s College Kisubi and Ronald Musinguzi (R) from Seeta High School , the two lucky overall national winners of the Eutelsat Star Awards, at a press conference held at MultiChoice head office, Kololo. The annual competition aims at stimulating interest in science and technology and to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high school students across the continent. Both winners walked away with Samsung laptops and certificates ,and will representing Uganda in the continental competition.

The DSTv Eutelsat Start Award a product of a partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa, aims to stimulate interest in Science and Technology to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high schools across the continent in 42 countries.

In their sixth annual competition, MultiChoice Uganda today announced the winners of the 2016 DSTv Eutelsat Start Awards competition at a prize giving ceremony held at their head offices in Kololo, where St. Mary’s College, Kisubi and Seeta High School dominated the awards.

This year, students from various schools country-wide who participated in the competition were tasked to;

Come up with an Essay Writing and Poster Designing to portray themselves into the future as scientists and come up with a design of a new age satellite that will help improve the lives of Africans and depict the different roles and functions the satellite would play in Africa and it’s future

  1. Dennis Mitala and Gordon Brian Alemo from St. Mary’s College, Kisubi emerged as the winner and runner up respectively; in the “Eassy Category“.
  2. Seeta High School dominated in the “Poster Category” with Ronald Musinguzi who emerged as the winner, following Edwin Ira; same school as a runner up.

During the awarding ceremony, Tina Wamala; MultiChoice Uganda’s PR and Communication Manager, said, the DSTv Eutelsat Star Award is a corporate social investment strategy for the company.

“We understand that to develop and shape today and future of our generation, science and technology play a vital part and that’s why we invest in this competition,” Tina said.

Over 23 schools submitted 165 entries in total, vetted by a carefully selected panel of judges including; Ms. Sarah Agaba; Frequecny Planner at UCC, Mr. Geoffrey Agoi; Principal Broadcating Engineer at MoICT, Dr. Roseline Akol; Lecturer at Makerere University, Ms. Adrine Twinamasiko; Branches Manager Multichoice Uganda, to name a few, where the winning applicants were determined.

Winners from different schools pose for a group photo at the MultiChoice 2016 Eutelsat Star Awards at MultiChoice Head Offices in Kololo, on Tuesday 13th December, 2016.
Winners from different schools pose for a group photo at the MultiChoice 2016 Eutelsat Star Awards at MultiChoice Head Offices in Kololo, on Tuesday 13th December, 2016.

Dennis Mitala from St. Mary’s College, Kisubi and Ronald Musinguzi from Seeta High School who won in the Eassy and Poster Category respectively, will enter in the overall Africa Awards to represent Uganda at the continental competition where the best overall in both categories will win a trip to MultiChoice Head Offices in South Africa & South Africa Space Agency at Hartbeesthoek and a trip to Eutelsat Head Offices in France, Paris to witness a rocket launch for the Essay winner and a Satellite construction for the Poster Winner.