Budapest, March 12th 2014. – Eight teachers performing exemplary work were awarded the MOL Talent Support Prize in the Glass Room of the Palace of Arts today by Szabolcs I. Ferenc Senior Vice President of MOL Corporate Affairs, the Curator of the Foundation, Eszter Ónódi, actress, the goodwill ambassador of New Europe Foundation and others.
New Europe Foundation has been supporting young talents, teachers and child health care since 2006 with a yearly fund of HUF 100 million. In the last seven years the excellent work of more than 50 outstanding teachers was rewarded by the Foundation. This year the Curatorial selected from among more than 700 nominees the four teachers and four trainers who were awarded the MOL Talent Support Prize, which is both a moral and material appreciation worth HUF 500,000. Through their devoted work and professional excellence these teachers and trainers greatly contributed to the development of many young talents.
„For a child the background support of the parents is inevitable. However, it is also vital to have devoted pedagogues who can inspire their students with their expertise and their whole personality, who can effectively participate in the formation of the young talents’ lives and in launching their career. We also know that in order to achieve outstanding success both the teacher and the student need stamina and diligence. MOL Talent Support Prize would like to focus the attention to this prominent work” – said Szabolcs I. Ferenc Senior Vice President of MOL Corporate Affairs, Curator of the Foundation.
The MOL Talent Support Prize was awarded in 2013 to distinguished teachers like Erzsébet Fazekas, solfege, singing and music teacher (Miskolc), Dr. Éva Kirsch, physics (Debrecen), Mrs Szász, Judit Réger, violin (Budapest) and Mrs Tölgyes, Katalin Kovács, biology and chemistry (Zalaegerszeg).
The awarded sport professionals were Attila Gyöngy wrestling trainer (Eger), Miklós Keszthelyi ice-hockey trainer (Budapest), Gábor Nagy basketball trainer (Paks) and László Suba athletics trainer (Debrecen).
Among those distributing the prizes were three-time Olympic champion kayaker Katalin Kovács, individual supportee of MOL, and Eszter Ónodi, actress, the goodwill ambassador of New Europe Foundation
According to our tradition the young talents of the MOL Talent Support Programme participated and performed in the award ceremony: Mihály Boros (aged 11) and Róza Radnóti (aged 16) played the piano. Their teachers, Mrs. Megyimórecz, Ildikó Schmidt and Mrs. Hornyászky, Erika Brecht had also been awarded the MOL Talent Support Prize earlier.
During the event of the award ceremony the Foundation also announced the application programmes for this year. MOL Talent Support Programme Sport Category calls for applications of young talents aged between 10-18 who have already achieved good results in national or international competitions and who need material support for their further development. The deadline is March 31st 2014. For further information about the tendering process please visit our website www.ujeuropaalapitvany.hu.
Short appraisal of the 2013 award winners of MOL Talent Support Prize:
Erzsébet Fazekas (1958) – solfege, singing and music teacher (Miskolc)
Erzsébet Fazekas teaches solfege, singing and music in Miskolc, in the Egressy Béni–Erkel Ferenc Primary Art School. She detects in her students the susceptibility to music, becomes one with their talents and finds the ways to their development. She holds that it is important to preserve the traditions and that her students know and like the Hungarian folk songs. She believes that passing down our folk songs to the children in an expressive way will be a lifelong experience for them. With the guidance of Ms Farkas the children have achieved substantial results in both folk and pop music. One of her outstanding students, Tamás Veréb, winner of several national and international prizes, today guest artist of the Budapest Operetta Theatre, had also been supported in his career for several years by MOL Talent Support Programme
Dr. Éva Kirsch (1961) – teacher of physics, Debrecen
Dr. Éva Kirsch has been a significant teacher of physics in the Kossuth Lajos Secondary Grammar School of Debrecen since 1985, where she has been the Deputy Headmaster since 2011. She has designed the programmes for several scientific projects and national competitions, and is the leader of further training courses and working groups. Teaching is her job, passion and vocation at the same time. She is unsparing in her efforts to find the gifted students and to help them unfold their talents. She laid the professional foundations for many excellent professionals. Her students participate in regional and national physics competitions with good results. She works towards increasing the prestige of the science subjects: she holds presentation lessons, participates in professional and pedagogical conferences.
Mrs.Szász, Judit Réger (1943) – violine teacher, Budapest
Mrs. Szász, Judit Réger has performed the vocation of a pedagogue for 50 years, for the last 45 years in the Music School of Józsefváros, Budapest. For 19 years she used to be the leading practice teacher of the Teacher Training Institute of the Academy of Music. An important element .of her pedagogical work is the preparation for a musical career. At the same time she also teaches children of average talent, performs highly demanding work with disadvantaged pupils, and has extraordinary results with them. Her talent support activities are remarkable, several of her students won prizes in national and international competitions. In the 2013 Koncz János Piano Competition five of her students were finalists. She is co-author of the „Violin ABC”, the most important teaching/learning material for playing the violin. Nearly 100 of her students chose a musical career and became her colleagues, or artists giving concerts. In 1992 she founded the Weiner-Szász Chamber Orchestra, which has become famous in the concert scene in Hungary and abroad.
Mrs.Tölgyes, Katalin Kovács (1957) – teacher of biology and chemistry, Zalaegerszeg
Mrs.Tölgyes, Katalin Kovács, teacher of biology and chemistry of Zrínyi Miklós Secondary Grammar School in Zalaegerszeg has been in the teaching career for 33 years. She easily arises her students’ interest for the science subjects, and talent support has always been an important task for her. She participated in the organisation of many city and county wide competitions and wrote tasks for the national ones. Her students were invited to the International Chemistry Olympiad, others were among the 10 best in the Hungarian Olympiad. She systematically helps with the individual research of her students, prepares them for student conferences. She actively participates in the school’s foundation activities to provide financial support for the travelling expenses of the students and to buy the necessary materials and equipment for teaching.
Attila Gyöngy (1968) – wrestling trainer, Eger
Attila Gyöngy is the leading trainer of the Vasas Wrestling Association of Eger, which produced several medalists in world competitions, as well as Olympic champions (András Sike Olympic Champion, Lajos Virág World Champion, Silver Medal). He is training several competitors these days as well, he is the number one pillar of the association. He devotes a lot of personal attention to his young students, one of them is Zsolt Török, Junior World Championship silver and gold medalist, who has been supported for several years by MOL Talent Support Programme.
Miklós Keszthelyi (1973) – ice-hockey trainer, Budapest
Miklós Keszthelyi is the professional trainer of UTE ice-hockey team. He started to work as a professional trainer already in 1993, when he was an active player. In 1996 he got his PE teacher degree and in 2008 his professional ice-hockey trainer certificate. During his 20 years of training career he has been working with children of all ages – from teaching ice skating in kindergarden and in elementary school to training U16 juniors. He has been one of the leading trainers of the U14 talent support programme of the Hungarian Ice-Hockey Association from the start. Twice he has won the best junior trainer prize of the Association, and he has brought up dozens of juniors and several adult players for the sport (János Háry, Bence Szilágyi, Csaba Kovács, Gergely Borbás, Attila Németh, Richárd Nagy).
Gábor Nagy (1963) – PE teacher and basketball trainer, Paks
He is the PE teacher of the Energetics Vocational Secondary School and College of Paks and the Junior trainer of the Men’s basketball section of the Power Station Sports Association (Atomerőmű Sportegyesület). He started working as a trainer in the Academy of Physical Education, then worked in the Central Sports School (KSI) and in Tungsram, training juniors and cadets. Between 1989 -1991 he was the second trainer of the junior national team. In 1991 he was awarded the “Junior Trainer of the Year” prize. Up to 1992 his team twice won the National Championship and the Cup. He spotted and invited to the national team Kornél Dávid, who later became to most well-known Hungarian basketball player and NBA member. In 1994 he devised the so called “Ball magic” basketball sport programme for players aged 8-12, which he further developed into a free-time exercise and development of motion programme between 1997-2000. In the past 32 years he got many children to like sport and basketball, his work and results are outstanding both in mass sports and competitive sports.
László Suba (1960) – PE teacher and athletics trainer, Debrecen
László Suba started his trainer career in 1982. Since 1988 he has been the leading athletics trainer of the Debrecen Sports Centre. In the last 30 years several hundreds of his students won in Junior National Championships, participated in junior European and world competitions: in 1997 European Athletics Junior Championship Enikő Szabó was member of the women’s 4x100 metres relay winning the silver medal, now she is still the national first in women’s 100 m running. In 2013 his junior students won a total of 16 national champion titles, several of them qualified for European and world championships as well.
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