On a crisp Saturday morning, a group of students headed to the Jockey Club Ah Kung Wan Outward Bound Training Centre in Sai Kung.
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.
Student of the Year - Sportsperson candidates told judges about their successes, and their hopes for the future of their sports.
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?
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.