I once asked one of Samar’s teachers, what was Samar known for? And he said, “Her smile, her happy attitude and her commitment to work.”
Samar Al Ansari was an IKNS student who graduated in the year 2006. She has left a permanent mark on her teachers, family and friends throughout her years and is remembered profoundly. I haven’t met her personally, but she was described to me as a bright, kind and humble student who was able to balance academics and sports. She was not only passionate about economics but also excelled in that field analyzing and tackling theories on her own. Her passion drove her to explore the world of economics, viewing it in color, unlike many who see it as black or white. Since Samar’s passing, her family has presented a yearly award to an IKNS student who has the similar abilities as she did, starting from 2007. The student chosen is based on the following criteria:
1. Application and analysis of Economic concepts and theories
2. Evaluation and assessment of the student’s ability to evaluate economic concepts and theories in the context of real-world examples.
This award recognizes the students who are able to go beyond what is merely presented in textbooks and challenge concepts like she once did.
This year's Samar Al Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics goes to Ahmed Saleh.
Ghaidaa Ashoor, Grade 11
In 31 May 2015