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Gasna Winners Announced

Winners of the Gasna Competition 2012 were announced at a closing ceremony on April 25  following the decision by the judging panel.  The competition is an initiative organised annually by the Gas Processing Center (GPC), aimed at increasing the awareness of high school students on the importance of Gas for the country’s development, and to attract more students to study science and engineering.
This year’s competition was sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Shell, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips.
The ceremony was opened by GPC Director Prof Abdelwahab Aroussi and was attended by QU Vice President for Institutional Planning and Development Dr Saif Said S Al-Sowaidi; College of Engineering Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies Prof Abdelmagid Salem Hammuda; QU Head of Mechanical and Industrial Department Dr Saud Ghani; QP Qatarization Steering Committee Chairman Mr AbuBakr Al-Saiari; ExxonMobil Research Qatar Water Reuse Program Lead Dr Mohamad Al-Sulaiti; ConocoPhillips Commercial Manager Mr Frank Feghali; Al Jazeera English Mr Jasim Al-Azzawi; Qatar Gas Mr Dean King; and QChem Mr Kevin Kabell.
In his opening remarks, Prof Aroussi said: “Based upon the splendid and creative projects received, I can say that the Gasna objective has been fulfilled.  Students today are aware of the importance of gas for Qatar, its economy, infrastructure and future”.  He thanked the sponsors and the judging panel who comprised faculty from QU’s Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Education, and its Central Laboratories Unit and Materials Technology Unit.   Other panel members included representatives from Total, ExxonMobil, Qatar Shell, Conoco Philips, QAFCO, QChem, and Qatar Gas.
This year’s competition drew over 105 schools with 48 schools submitting 68 projects.   The breakdown of projects by category was Category 1 (KG-5th grade) – 16; Category 2 (6th-8th Grade) – 23; and Category 3 (9th-12th Grade) – 29.  The Gasna team visited 16 schools during the competition phase with 4 visits supported by a Qatar Shell team.
The ceremony program included a reading of a poem on gas by Jameela Fadhel from Al Shaimaa Secondary; a short video from Al Khor International School British Stream; and a sketch on “The Adventures of Natural Gas” from Al Khor’s Indian Stream.
In an unprecedented gesture, and as a reflection of the high level of quality of the entries, the number of winners was increased to the top five in each category instead of the top three. In addition, the judging panel recommended 3 additional awards. 
The schools named as winners in the competition are:
Category 1.  Tied winners -- Bilal bin Rabah Independent Model School, and IQRA English School for Boys; 2nd place – Al Khor International School British Stream; and 3rd place -- Philippines International School-Qatar (PISQ).   Al Khor International School Indian Stream and Hajar Independent Primary School for Girls were named 4th place and 5th place respectively.
Category 2.  1st place -- Al Khor International School Indian Stream; 2nd place -- Hajar Independent Primary School for Girls; and 3rd place – Al Khor International School British Stream.   Fourth place winner was Jawan bin Jassim Model Independent School for Boys; while Salah Adeen Independent School for Boys and Abu Obaida Independent Elementary School for Boys tied for 5th place.
Category 3.  1st place -- Abu Obaida Independent Elementary School for Boys; 2nd place -- Al Zubara Independent School for Boys; and 3rd place -- Hamad bin Abdullah bin Jassim Secondary School for Boys. Fourth place was tied between Qatar International School and Ibn Khaldoon Prep School for Boys, and 5th place was also tied between Abdullah bin Ali Al Mesnad School and Al Shaimaa Secondary Independent School for Girls.
The additional awards granted were   -- Award for Energy Saving and Health Awareness to Abdullah bin Ali Almesnad Secondary School for Boys; Award for Improvisation in Project Display to Al Shehaneya Secondary School for Girls; and Award for Integrated Approach to Sustainable Development to Al Shehaneya Secondary School for Boys.