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Five SOTY award-winners show that there is no substitute for hard work and perseverance.
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It’s all well and good when students are told they should “dare to explore and dare to dream”, but what good is dreaming if you don’t do anything about it?
This time last year, Jaime Tsang Tsze-wing was busy preparing for the scientist and mathematician category of the SCMP Student of the Year (SOTY) competition – which she then went on to win.
This year’s Student of the Year (SOTY) Awards will see two brand new categories: best improvement, and best devotion to school.
Each year, the award for Student of the Year – Linguist recognises students’ talents for Hong Kong’s three languages.
In a capitalist economy like ours in Hong Kong, we always hear tales of people who have struck it lucky by working the financial system.
Since 1974, the Student of the Year Awards have recognised more than 300 students for their outstanding academic achievements, personal development, and contributions to society.
Wearing a sweeping black dress and a matching crop top that showed off her well-toned arms, Elise Liu took a deep breath, massaged her fingers, and adjusted her grip on the two mallets she held.
Last year’s Student of the Year Community Contributor award-winner, Charmaine Wong Tsz-ching, was actively involved in the Hong Kong branches of international charities such as Orbis and Unicef.
Last year’s Student Of The Year grand prize winner proved that autism doesn’t have to be a curse.
With our food culture, social awareness, political diversity, environmentalism, religious tolerance, racial openness, and multiculturalism, we rival the most advanced cities in the world.