Be the best you can be

Be the best you can be

Our annual Student of the Year awards, which celebrate your greatest achievements, are back


Joanna Yu Tsun-yan won the overall student of the year award in 2006.
Joanna Yu Tsun-yan won the overall student of the year award in 2006.
Photo: Felix Wong/SCMP
The prestigious South China Morning Post Student of the Year competition is back! The SCMP/HKJC Student of the Year competition, which celebrated Hong Kong's top secondary school students, ran for 32 consecutive years from 1974 to 2006.

This year, South China Morning Post is "Celebrating Hong Kong", and wishes to extend the celebrations to young people. The Young Post team take pride in all that is great in the city, including our students - that means you!

The six categories

Chan Chun-hin, musician of the year, performs at the awards ceremony in 2003. Photo: Jonathan Wong/SCMP

This year's competition will reward eight Form Four to Form Six students in six different categories - community contributor, linguist, performing artist, visual artist, sportsperson and the grand prize. The winners will be announced next March and share a total scholarship grant of HK$95,000.

Past efforts rewarded

Over 32 years, the competition has recognised 140students for their great achievements not only in academic subjects, but also in arts, sports and languages.

We're very proud of our students' exceptional efforts and talents. We've seen a percussionist who was inspired to promote peace through music; a linguist who has mastered Cantonese, Putonghua, English, French and German; a record-breaking swimmer who makes records, too, as a singer; and a straight-A student who also excels as a dancer, musician and public speaker, and is a committed volunteer.

In the coming months, you'll hear all about the exciting awards. Past winners will tell you how the awards helped them and what they've been doing since. Judges will tell you what winning qualities they're looking for. Our sponsor, Hong Kong Jockey Club, will also explain how it is helping to develop the potential of our city's youth.

Come and join us

Student of the Year finalists are presented with certificates of merit. Photo: Ricky Chung/SCMP

As a youth newspaper, Young Post is excited to bring all stories of the awards to our readers. "We are delighted that this competition is returning, and at such a special milestone for South China Morning Post," says editor Susan Ramsay.

"It's great to be able to celebrate Hong Kong's best-of-the-best students. Young Post witnesses their achievements throughout the year and now we can be a part of their stories."

So come and join us by celebrating the excellence of the city's students by nominating them for this meaningful awards event. For details, go to


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