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The prestigious Lee Kuan Yew Exemplary Student Award 2018 was held on 14th August 2018. All of us in Metta School proudly congratulate Sarhan Bin Zuhir and Dowen Tan Zhen Yuan for being the award recipients. This is in recognition of their dependable display of diligence, creativity and sound values in the domains of academic, vocational, sports and arts, as well as contribution to the school community and beyond.
Venerable Shi Pui En and Principal, Madam So Kah Lay, heartily rendered their supportive presence at the presentation ceremony in the Republic Cultural Centre. Amid the thundering applauses of the guests, both students felt honourable to be receiving the award from Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State (Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth). It was indeed a memorable moment in their lives! Every stride of theirs across the stage triggered flashes of pertinent memories, be it a “Values-In-Action” (VIA) effort overseas where they helped to paint the living quarters of the deprived orphans or tackling that gruelling test of courage and vigour when completing a 20km kayaking water expedition during the school camp.
When asked about their thoughts after the presentation ceremony, Sarhan expressed strengthened direction and motivation: I will work very hard to make it to the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) from Metta School. Once there, I will keep working hard to get the “Lee Kuan Yew Scholarship to Encourage Upgrading”. For Dowen, he kept his conviction simple: After getting this award, I must still be honest with myself. I must give my best when I do things – whether it is during training or helping others. I want my life to be more meaningful.
In essence, Ms Sim Ann, the Senior Minister of-State certainly captured their sentiments aptly at the end of her speech: Education develops our students into young men and women who are resilient, emphatic and contributing citizens at the present and the future. To all the awardees, remember all the people who have stood by you as you achieved success. Pursue your dreams with passion and commitment, and use your knowledge, talents and skills to impact the lives of others.
Let us all join in to wish Sarhan and Dowen continue to do the best in their future endeavours.