The Student of the Year Awards, the most prestigious secondary school event in Hong Kong, has honoured nine exemplary students at the award presentation ceremony graced by the Honourable John Tsang, Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, as the Guest of Honour on Saturday (12 March).
Sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club for the third consecutive year and organised by the South China Morning Post, the Student of the Year Awards conferred the accolades on the students in recognition of achievements in academic subjects, linguistics, sports, the arts, science and mathematics, as well as contribution to community service. Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Awards enlisted help from a number of subject experts who lent credence to the judging panels. After several rounds of vigorous group discussions, auditions, interviews and other forms of assessment, the judges considered the winning students best of the best among this year’s nominations, consisting of 460 Form 4-6 / Grade 10-12 students recommended and endorsed by their teachers from over 100 schools in Hong Kong.
In addition to the judging panels, the Awards also received guidance from the Advisory Board which consisted of high-profile members including Sir David Akers-Jones; Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of The Hong Kong Jockey Club; the Hon. Bernard Charnwut Chan, Hong Kong Deputy of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China and Member of the Hong Kong Government’s Executive Council; Mr. Allan Zeman, Chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Group; and Mr. Robin Hu, CEO of the SCMP Group. The Awards are also indebted to the support extended by the Education Bureau.
Mr. Hu remarked, “With the Student of the Year Awards, the South China Morning Post is honoured to play a part in the discovery of Hong Kong’s very own young talent. Collectively, this year’s nominees demonstrated exceptional depth of intellect, tenacious resolve to succeed, remarkable mastery of creativity and an outstanding sense of social responsibility. These enduring qualities shall form the foundation of a prosperous Hong Kong for many more years to come. I warmly congratulate all nominees and winners of the Awards and applaud their unrelenting passion to learn and thrive.”
“At The Hong Kong Jockey Club, we see our donations as an investment in the future of Hong Kong,” said Mr. Engelbrecht-Bresges. “And there is no better investment than in our young people – the future leaders of our community. The Student of the Year Awards are an excellent example of investing in the future of our young people. I am deeply impressed by the students’ focus on excellence and their passion to achieve the very best. In fact, this ‘can-do spirit’ is the quality needed by all the future leaders of our community. All of them exemplify the passion and dedication that is Hong Kong at its very best.”
The Guest of Honour, the Hon. John Tsang shared his thoughts with students at the award presentation ceremony, “The [Student of the Year] award winners and finalists, as well as the shortlisted candidates, are already achievers. Looking at your impressive resumes, and looking, too, at the challenging path that has taken you from recruitment to nomination, from shortlisting to interviews, individual presentations and so much more, it is abundantly clear to me that the selection process has been a valuable lesson that you have not only learned, but mastered. In fact, to me, all of you are winners. You have made a difference for yourselves, for your families and for your schools. And I am looking forward to the day that you bring positive enhancements to our society as well.”
Cheng Wai-chung, a Form 5 student at Diocesan Girls’ School, was named Student of the Year – Grand Prize and received a HK$25,000 scholarship. Winners of the remaining eight categories were each awarded a HK$10,000 scholarship. First and second runners-up were presented scholarships of various values. The winners of the Student of the Year Awards 2015 are:
Student of the Year - Grand Prize Cheng Wai-chung,
Form 5, Diocesan Girls' School
Student of the Year - Community Contributor Charmaine Wong Tsz-ching,
Form 6, Pui Ching Middle School
Student of the Year - Linguist (Cantonese) Grace Lam Tin-yan,
Form 4, Belilios Public School
Student of the Year - Linguist (English) Annette Ng Si-ki,
Form 5, St. Mary's Canossian College
Student of the Year - Linguist (Putonghua) Wang He-an,
Form 4, St. Paul's Co-educational College
Student of the Year - Performing Artist Elise Liu Chi-man,
Form 5, Diocesan Girls' School
Student of the Year - Scientist/Mathematician Jaime Tsang Tsz-wing,
Form 6, St. Paul's Convent School (Secondary Section)
Student of the Year – Sportsperson Lam Cho-yu,
Form 6, Belilios Public School
Student of the Year - Visual Artist Raymond Wong Yiu-nam,
Form 5, STFA Yung Yau College
As part of the continuing effort of the Student of the Year Awards to encourage and commend exemplary students, the Awards this year issued special Certificates of Honourable Mention to four students, who have been shortlisted in two categories, in recognition of their aptitude and commitment to excellence. They are Cheng Wai-chung (Student of the Year - Grand Prize. Form 5, Diocesan Girls' School), Juliet Leung (Form 5, Heep Yunn School), Kelly Liang Huilin (Form 5, Diocesan Girls' School) and Tina Ip Shuk-tin (Form 5, St. Paul's Convent School (Secondary Section) ).
For more information about the awards, please visit https://studentoftheyear.hk/.
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