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The Trust for Sustainable Living (TSL), based in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that Akepipat Nimitsawan from KIS International School, Thailand, is one of the shortlisted finalists in the Primary age (7-11 years) category in the TSL 2016 International Schools Essay Competition.

In order to reach the final judging shortlist, the students’ essays have been through several rounds of judging and as a result each has achieved an overall score that placed them in the top 3.5% of all essays entered during the competition. The full list of shortlisted finalists is as follows (in alphabetical order by country):


Shortlisted Finalists – Primary Age Category

Bhavesh Doni, Panini Jnanpeeth Engmedhrsecschool, India

Ananya Mishra, DL DAV Model School, India

Yara Kharrat, International College, Lebanon

Amna Asim Sahi, PakTurk International Schools Colleges, Pakistan

Grace Kent, Seoul Foreign School, South Korea

Akepipat Nimitsawan, KIS, Thailand

Joshua Killa, Jumeirah English Speaking School, United Arab Emirates

Luca Matta, JESS Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

Ella Nijkamp, JESS Jumeirah, United Arab Emirates

Jonathan-David Cordonier Gehring, King’s College School, United Kingdom


Shortlisted Finalists – Secondary Age Category

Alexander Rolle, Queens College, Bahamas

Lakia Rolle, Queens College, Bahamas

Nadezhda Dimitrova, 128th Secondary School Albert Einstein, Bulgaria

Nic Calen, St John’s-Ravenscourt School, Canada

Sifa Kabange, The American School of Kinshasa, Congo

Shradhdha Das, Aravali International School, India

Saumya Malhotra, Delhi Public School Vasant Kuni, India

Ashwini Prabhakaran, Springdales School Dhaula Kuan, Indonesia

Caroline Putrison, Singapore National Academy, Indonesia

J’Nae Peart, Immaculate Conception High School, Jamaica

Taha Iqbal, SISA School of International Studies in Sciences & Arts, Pakistan

Abigail Mary Claire F. Ablang, Phillipine Science High School Central Luzon Campus, Phillipines

Irina Bercu, Colegiul National de Informatica Tudor Vianu, Romania

Noyna Roy, UWCSEA, Singapore

Jerel Tee Xu Yang, St Patricks School, Singapore

Zeynep Dincer, Kemerburgaz Doga College, Turkey

Amarish Suresh, Abu Dhabi Indian School, United Arab Emirates

Hamnah Wagar, Al Diyafah High School, United Arab Emirates

Daniel Shao, Reading School, United Kingdom

Joshua Zhou, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, United States of America

Karl Hansen, Executive Director of the Trust for Sustainable Living, said:

“It is often said that the future is urban, with more than two-thirds of the global population expected to live in cities by 2050. While many artists and science-fiction film-makers have shown us images of what cities may look like in 2050, few have considered the importance of sustainability in their development. The reality is that there are limited real-life examples of sustainable cities to date. This year’s essay competition therefore asked students to think about the future of cities and their effects on the planet, by posing the question ‘Are Sustainable Cities Possible?’

“I look forward to welcoming a great many of the shortlisted finalists and other finalists in the competition at our forthcoming International Schools Debate on Sustainable Cities which takes place in April 2016 in Dubai, including a tour of Masdar City, the world’s first attempt at building a zero-carbon city.”

Liam O’Sullivan, Grade 5 Teacher at KIS, said: “We are very proud of Akepipat's essay and effort in this most important debate. Living in Bangkok Thailand, the issues surrounding sustainable cities are particularly cogent. His interest and thoughtfulness are important as the youth of today will be charged with the responsibility of making sustainable cities a reality in the near future.”

The Overall Grand Prize winner, 1st Prize Winners per category and 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th placed winners in each category will receive their trophies and medals at the International Schools Debate and Awards Ceremony in Dubai in April 2016. All other Finalists will receive their respective certificates at this time.

For further information please contact:

Karl Hansen, Director at the Trust for Sustainable Living, the United Kingdom

Email: karl@livingrainforest.org

Tel: +44 1635 202444


Liam O’Sullivan, Grade 5 Teacher at KIS

Email: liam@kis.ac.th

Further details on the upcoming Schools Debate, including programme and registration instructions, are available at www.livingrainforest.org/explore/schools-debate.