Jakarta, IO – Caesar Archangels Hendrik Meo Tnunay (affectionately known as “Nono”), a second-year elementary school student from East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), brought fame to the country after he grabbed the first prize in the 2022 Abacus World Competition.
He managed to beat 7,000 other participants from around the world in the competition organized by Abacus Brain Gym (ABG). He is also the only student from Indonesia who has ever won in the competition that began in 2003.
Nono attends SD Inpres Buraen 2 in South Amarasi district, Kupang regency. His proud achievement was appreciated by NTT Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat and Kupang Regent Korinus Masneno.
“NTT and Indonesia are proud to have Nono. I take pride in his achievement. Good teachers produce good students, smart teachers produce smart students,” Viktor said.
According to him, children from less privileged family background can also become extraordinary students because they learn to grow under positive environment. Apart from possessing high intelligence, children like Nono have a high Adversity Quotient (AQ), a score that measures the ability of a person to deal with adversities in their life.
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“Children that are not spoiled, but are trained to deal with pressure according to the stages of their development can become exceptional in life and know how to survive and thrive,” he said.
For his win, Nono received a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of US$200. (bp)