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Tiffany Martins recently secured the first place at the national level of the Saevus Eco-Achievers Olympiad for Class 4. NT KURIOCITY learns more

RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT Kuriocity

An avid reader, when Tiffany Martins got to know about Saevus Eco-Achievers Olympiad she realised that preparing for the Olympiads would give her an opportunity to read up on various subjects and topics. “I am happy as long as I am able to learn something new about our world every day. I decided it would be fun to participate in all the Olympiads; that way I would probably learn about things I might have never heard of before. So, when my mother asked me which one I’d like to participate in, I told her: ‘I’d like to participate in all’. I thought it would be fun!” says Martins, who lives Caranzalem and studies in Sharada Mandir School, Miramar. Martins went on win the first place at the national level of the Saevus Eco-Achievers Olympiad for Class 4 (2019 – 2020), organised by Saevus Wildlife India in association with Rotary.

For the same, she received a national winner certificate, a trophy, and a cash prize of `25,000 at a felicitation ceremony held in Mumbai in February 2020.

Speaking about the Olympiad, she discloses that the examination consisted of a questionnaire of multiple choice questions on any given topic or subject. “We had to answer one or two rounds of the Olympiads, depending on which Olympiad it was. The first round was held in our school and the second round was held a few months later in another school in Vasco, which was chosen as a centre for the entire state,” she says.

Students could request for study material for each subject when they registered for the Olympiad, which gave them access to questions asked in all the previously conducted Olympiads. “When I attempted the question from these booklets, I realised that I had unknowingly been preparing for the Olympiads my entire life. I have always loved reading and have a voracious appetite for knowledge. I am grateful to my parents for providing me with lots of books on various topics over the years,” says Martins, adding that the whole experience was very exciting.

“You have butterflies in your stomach when you first receive the questionnaire. As you set out to answer it, it’s interesting to learn how much you remember or how much you have learned along the way,” she says, adding that she was amazed to see how many children participated in the Olympiads from all over Goa and within India.

Apart from reading, Martins enjoys music, sports, writing poems, dance, painting and sketching. In fact she is learning the piano and secured distinction in Grade 1 piano examination conducted by Trinity College of Music, London. She has also been studying dance and has completed Level 3 of a Comprehensive Dance Certificate Program. She urges all the readers to keep striving for success, and most of all have fun in whatever you do.

Martins hopes to become a scientist when she grows up and develop painless vaccines for children, as this is something that is close to her heart, considering the many vaccination needles she have encountered. “I am also interested robotics, after I attended a summer camp in school. I haven’t quite made up my mind as yet, but my parents tell me I have my whole life ahead of me to decide what I’d like to do. But I will definitely work on those painless vaccines,” says Martins.

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