THIS year, Anglo-Chinese Junior College (ACJC) won top national honours in education when two of its students were awarded the prestigious President’s Scholarship.
The two, Miss Tan Li Feng and Miss Chai Jishan, were selected from a group of 39 top students in Singapore.
There are two other President’s Scholars this year, and both were from Raffles Junior College.
Jishan was awarded the President’s Scholarship cum Overseas Merit Scholarship (Foreign Service). She is going to study Biochemistry at Oxford University.
The other recipient, Li Feng, received the President’s Scholarship cum Local Merit Scholarship, as well as the Lee Kuan Yew Award for Mathematics and Science 2006. A former student of Methodist Girls’ School, she is currently studying Medicine at the National University of Singapore.
While in college, both of them have been exemplary not only in their academic endeavours, but upheld an illustrious co-curricular programme covering a spectrum of activities from debates to students’ council work to tennis. Above all, they exuded dynamic personalities and extraordinary leadership skills, united with a selfless heart.
Li Feng is a true embodiment of the college mission and value system. As the President of the Students’ Council (2004-2005), a recipient of the Ministry of Education Pre-University Scholarships (2004-2005), a President’s Guide and a representative at the World School Debating Championships in Canada 2005, she has consistently excelled in living out a life with noble ambition and character for the service of God and nation, and she pursued truth and displayed the courage to seek and conquer in all her undertakings.
While in college, Li Feng has garnered a huge collection of academic accolades, won the Bronze medallion in the International Chemistry Olympiad 2005, emerged the top Science student at ACJC for the GCE “A” level Examination 2005, and fittingly honoured as a member of the Principal’s Honour Roll. She was appointed as the Valedictorian on Honours’ Night 2005.
More than that, ACJC takes pride in having a student who showed incredible depth in her Christian character. Her humility, quiet confidence and integrity deserve effusive praise from her peers and teachers.
Jishan was another scholastic student who served as an excellent role model to her cohort. She was a recipient of the MOE Pre-University Scholarship (2004-2005) and did Singapore proud in the Taiwan International Science Fair 2005 by winning the 2nd prize for her project in the Biochemistry catergory.
In addition, she represented Singapore in Table-Tennis at the 2002 SEA Games Juniors and captained the ACJC Table-Tennis team. Her quick thinking, eloquence, and inter-personal skills evolved into sound leadership qualities that made her the outstanding Secretary of the ACJC Students’ Council (2004-2005). She often went beyond the call of duty in her service and extended her kindness to others unconditionally.
Upon graduation, Jishan enlisted in the Singapore Armed Forces for six months this year, where she completed the Basic Military Training and the Officer’s Cadet Course.
It is truly our blessing to have witnessed fine examples of what it takes to be real winners, in achievements and character. These students ran their race with vigour, faith and hope. They have experienced the culture and ethos of the ACS spirit and are now in search of a good tertiary education. We thank God for making all things beautiful in His time.
Malini Lim is the Publication Co-ordinator at Anglo-Chinese Junior College.