The Jakarta Post
Young Indonesian scientists received a hero's welcome as they returned home from Poland as champions of the 2009 International Conference of Young Scientists (ICYS) with 10 medals, more than any other country.
The victory is a sweet (and rare) treat for the country's poor education system, which will mark National Education Day on Saturday.
The ICYS is an annual physics, mathematics, computer science and ecology competition for high school students under 18 years of age.
The 12 students - Christopher Alexander, Allen Michelle Wihono, Lidya Felita Limbri, Jessica Karli, Melissa Nadia Natasha, I Made Rayo Putra, Fernanda Novelia, Vincentius Gunawan, Idelia Chandra, Gabriella Alicia Kosasih, Teresa Maria Karina, Guinandra Lutfan Jatikusumo and Nugra Akbari - earned six gold, one silver and three bronze medals.