Special reports

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Go back just a couple of generations, and a lot of Hongkongers probably owned a harmonica and knew how to play it. Now, however, the beauty of this miniature instrument largely goes unrecognised. But not by 17-year-old Chan Tsz-wun Charis.
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Colleen Lee's journey on becoming a musician and her advice for young musicians

The road of an aspiring musicians can be a long and challenging one, but the enthusiastic young music students at Renaissance College had the chance to learn about what it takes to be a professional musician from international award-winning pianist Colleen Lee.
Judges for the 2017 SOTY Scientist and Mathematician award had some very tough decisions to make. Here's a look at the intense selection process.
Academics still matter, but the judges are looking for candidates who plan to be full-time athletes determined to excel on the world stage.
In the eyes of the judges, all 12 finalists of the Community Contributor award deserve to be lauded for their efforts to making the world a better place.
The CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club – sponsors of the Student of the Year Awards – tells us what the awards mean to him.
This year’s judges for the Scientist & Mathematician category want to see candidates who learn from experience, in addition to textbooks.
This year’s judges tell us that overcoming failure and learning from it is just as important as good academic results.
The category is there to remind young people of the significance of community, and how giving is as much of an accomplishment as getting.
Having a good command of English, Cantonese, or Putonghua isn’t enough to become a finalist for the Student of the Year (SOTY) – Linguist award; candidates have to prove they have completely mastered a way of expressing their language skills.
Two of the judges in the Student of the Year Community Contributor category tell us what they look for in candidates and what SOTY means to them.