Special reports

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Five SOTY award-winners show that there is no substitute for hard work and perseverance.
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As her name was called, she patted her hair, pulled at her uniform and walked in to face the judges.
It was a day to celebrate creativity, as the Student of the Year (SOTY) – Visual Artists candidates displayed their original works of art for the judges.
All the world’s a stage and there are plenty of players – which is why it takes something truly special to stand out from the crowd.
The awards this year place a lot of emphasis on the candidates’ future plans. This echoes the “Future in our hands” theme which celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.
University life is relatively short. It comprises maybe only five per cent of our total life time on average. But at the same time, university life can be a major turning point.
Student of the Year - Sportsperson candidates told judges about their successes, and their hopes for the future of their sports.
Like most teenagers, I had no idea what career I wanted to pursue. I was mildly interested in almost everything ranging from psychology to business and law.
Expectations are high of finalists for the SOTY Grand Prize competition this year. Their academic results and essays show that they are all talented and much will depend on how they present themselves.
Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges is the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s chief executive officer. Why does he think it’s important to support schemes that benefit Hong Kong’s young people?
The joy of mathematics – this is what the biennial Hang Lung Mathematics Awards (HLMA), now in its seventh cohort, is all about.