Speech by Haya Alkhaja, Grade 11
Respected parents, students, teachers and guests, Good morning.
I have never felt more honored than to be asked to present Samar Al Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics and Samar Al Ansari Award for Girls Soccer.
As a role model, Samar inspires us to be unique and to be passionate about our interests. Each and every one of us has a very unique contribution that we can make to the IKNS community, and we should set our minds to it just as Samar did. She was an honor society member and was very passionate about Economics which made her unique among her peers. She also took a particular interest in soccer and excelled in it as she did in economics.
In loving memory of Samar’s ambition for economics and soccer, her family has decided in association with the school to establish the Samar Al Ansari Awards for excellence as an encouragement for the students who excel in Economics and Soccer to follow her footsteps.
Since 2007, the Samar Al Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics was given to a senior who has developed the skills similar to that of Samar’s based on the following two criteria:
1: The application and analysis of economic theories and concepts
2: The evaluation of economic concepts in real-life situations
The chosen person is someone who can think outside the box and someone who can apply the critical economic theories to real-life situations and evaluate their applications. He/she is able to transfer the knowledge gained from the textbooks to concrete situations in the news and can assess how well the models fit the reality and where they fall short.
Starting the coming school year, Samar Al Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics will be awarded only to a Grade 11 student who would benefit from the recognition when she or he applies to universities. This year, however, to ensure that no one grade level would be denied of its right to the award, Samar’s family kindly sanctioned the award of two economics awards, one goes to a Grade 12 student and the other to a Grade 11 student.
Samar Al Ansari award for Girls Soccer has been given to a student who has been passionate about soccer and developed similar soccer skills and leadership skills as Samar did based on the following criteria
- To be skillful in sports
- To have a high sense of commitment and responsibility
- To demonstrate leadership qualities
- To be cooperative and supportive of her team members
I would likely to kindly ask Dr Randah Hamadeh, mother of Samar Al Ansari, to present Samar’s awards for excellence
● The Grade 12 winner of Samar Al Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics of 2019 is Salman Dhaif
● The Grade 11 winner of Samar Al Ansari Award for Analytical and Critical Thinking in Economics of 2019 is Yara Hasan
● And the winner of Samar Al Ansari Award for Girls Soccer of 2019 is Leah Sarwani, Grade 11