The Artek international child centre has hosted the final of the all-Russian competition for schoolchildren "Bolshaya Peremena" – a project of the "Russia is a Country of Opportunities" platform initiated by the president.
6000 students from all over the country took part in the competition. 1200 people became finalists. 300 9th and 10th grade students and 300 eleventh grade children won.
The 11th grade students who won the final received 1 million rubles for tuition and up to five points to the achievements portfolio required while applying for universities. 9th and 10th graders received 200 thousand rubles each to pay for education or buy educational gadgets.
Sergey Kiriyenko, first deputy head of the presidential administration, addressed the finalists with a welcoming speech: "I congratulate the winners! The whole country is proud of you! You managed to do your best, overcome your fears, take a step, approve yourself and win. I also want to congratulate all the finalists. Even if you hadn't won, still you got the most important thing – invaluable experience, knowledge, self-confidence, and the most valuable thing, of course, is that you all have each other, and this friendship is your capital for your whole life!".
15 students from Penza, Kuznetsk, Kolyshley and Shemysheyka represented the Penza Oblast in the final.
11 people from the region's team became the winners. Those are:
Three eleventh graders (who got 1 million rubles):
- Anastasia Filkina, Provincial Lyceum;
- Vsevolod Yershov, Provincial Lyceum;
- Natalia Erdeli, Penza gymnasium No.6;
8 ninth and tenth graders (got 200 thousand rubles):
- Alla Shcherbakova, 10th grade, Penza multidisciplinary gymnasium No. 13,
- Anna Lashtankina, 10th grade, Penza school No. 20,
- Danila Anikin, 10th grade, Penza school No. 31,
- Viktoria Kolesnikova, 9th grade, Penza school No. 60,
- Timofey Nemolyayev, 9th grade, Kuznetsk school No. 15,
- Sofia Sukova, 9th grade, Kuznetsk school No. 15,
- Artemy Firsov, 10th grade, Penza Lyceum of Modern Technologies and Management No. 2,
- Maria Styopochkina, 9th grade, Kuznetsk school No. 8,
According to the results of the final of the competition, the organising committee listed the top 20 schools in Russia, whose students showed the best result. The Provincial Lyceum was listed in the top and received a grant of 2 million rubles.
Sergey Kiriyenko also announced additional prizes to be awarded to teachers who coached the finalists: "Many of you have raised the issue of encouraging teachers who have supported you throughout the "Bolshaya Peremena". They were not able to attend the final here in person due to the pandemic, but today, together with our partners, Sberbank, Rosatom and Russian Railways, we have decided that each mentor of the winners is to receive a special prize – 150 thousand rubles". He noted that an educational programme will be developed for teachers, and they will also receive vouchers for the Mriya hotel in Crimea.
The "Bolshaya Peremena" competition is to become an annual event. The start of the new season is scheduled for March 28, 2021. Future contestants will have a number of innovations. In particular, participation in the competition will be available not only to high school students, but also to students of grades 5-7. New educational fields and formats will be added. The "Bolshaya Peremena" casting platform will start working, and the projects of the contestants will be supported with Federal Agency for Youth Affairs grants.