The NJC student of the Year
The National Junior College Student of the Year is the pinnacle of all student awards, recognising all-round excellence in academia, CCA, leadership and service.
Loke Rui Heng Ryan
“…give your all to help others and do so without expecting any returns. That is what it means to be a leader that serves with honour. For whoever wants to be first has to first be last and the servant of all… This world will tell you that you will only be successful when you have scored 90 rank points, achieved straight As or won countless competitions. However, that is not true…Each person’s experience of success will differ, in its definition or in the speed at which success is achieved. You may never achieve what you deem as success, but that is perfectly fine. At the end of the day, you matter and you are enough.”
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The Lim Kim Woon Award
The Lim Kim Woon Award, initiated and structured by a former NJCian in honour of our first Principal, recognises students who exemplify the hallmark characteristics and traits of our motto, Service with Honour.
Chia Shan En
“I understand adding value to the lives of others as finding ways to enrich their experience through using your unique strengths to make a contribution. Value can mean many different things, and can extend far beyond doing community service or VIA projects…I’d like to encourage all of you to find your passion and take full advantage of your strengths to make a unique contribution that will enrich the lives of others both in and out of NJ.”
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Tan Lay Yee Cassidy
“…while fulfilling your responsibilities as a student, you will also learn to take time to give back to the community around you… when you serve a community, I hope that you would be able to stand in the point of view of the beneficiaries you are serving and serve from your heart.”
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Joyce Goh Jie Ling
“For me, Service with Honour means to always put others before myself, to try my best to help others in any way I can, and to serve wholeheartedly, solely with the intention of helping others and not wanting anything in return. Moreover, when serving others, it is important we honour and not look down on them, treating the beneficiaries as our friends who simply need support in a time of need. And lastly, if we open our eyes wide enough, we will see people who need our help all around us.”
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The NJC@69ers Award
The NJC@69ers award, initiated and structured by the first cohort of NJCians, recognises excellence in the arts and humanities, both in core-curricula and co-curricular endeavours.
Chia Shang En
“If you were to ask me what is the value of the Arts, my simple answer is that the Arts help us to understand humanity. Through the Arts, I came to better comprehend the position of others, through different lenses and theories I learned through my studies in the humanities. I know that the Arts may seem unfamiliar or intimidating, but I promise that if you look hard enough you’ll be able to find everyday people, and maybe even yourself, reflected in the texts you read. We need a little more empathy in this world obsessed with efficiency. If you take up the Arts and take the road less travelled by, you may find that that has made all the difference.”
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The Stephen Loh Sports Excellence Award
The Stephen Loh Sports Excellence Award is the pinnacle sports award, recognising sportsmanship and sporting excellence in Track & Field, Squash and Canoeing.
Shanice Tan Haridas
“A sports person, in my opinion, is someone who has a burning passion for their sport, always striving to try and improve, no matter how small the improvement is each time, and someone willing to commit to their CCA to not only help themselves improve, but also their teammates around them.”
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“Put yourself out there. Ask for tips from your seniors. Ask your fellow teammate how she made that amazing shot the other day! Because when you ask for help, it shows that you care. It shows that you have passion for that sport. And that is something that everybody respects.”
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The SAC Sports Excellence Award
The SAC Sports Excellence Award is the pinnacle sports award, recognising sportsmanship and sporting excellence.
Soh Zhi Rong
“If I had to sum up the past two years in a quote, it would be “Winners never quit and quitters never win”. Never give up on your dreams and continue to inspire others to dream more, learn more and become more.”
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Yong Lok Qing
“Being a sportsman is hardly ever defined by the number of wins or losses; it has been and will always be about the journey that every single one of us takes to get to where we are. More importantly, it’s about the people who have been a part of it to make it happen.”
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The SAC Arts Excellence Award
The SAC Arts Excellence Award recognises academic excellence in the arts.
Ho Ting Heng
“It is only by being honest about our own strengths and flaws that we are able to empathise with others, and find common ground. And it is only by understanding our place in the world, that we would be fully ready to serve those around us.”
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The SAC Science Excellence Award
The SAC Science Excellence Award recognises excellence in the sciences, both in core curricula and in co-curricular scientific endeavours.
Allysa Tan Li Ying
“I spent the bulk of my research journey in NJ doing Mathematics. You might be thinking, What? Maths? What can you do with Maths? So many things, really. I have explored tournaments, the flow of plastic waste in oceans, and modelling of biological cells; the possibilities are endless. At its core, doing Maths and Science is not just about doing cool experiments or coming up with fancy theories, but instead figuring out how we can use these concepts to add value to the lives of others.”
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Joyce Goh Jie Ling
“NJC showed me the beauty of science – from the variety of research programmes available, to the kind teachers willing to go the extra mile to ensure we all understood the content. NJC helped me to develop my passion not just for scientific knowledge, but research as well, showing me the vast impact it can make on the lives of others.”
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Liang Ying Hao Matthew
“I believe the most important part of research is being compassionate and really feeling the problems the target audience is facing. It allows you to focus on doing the project to meet the needs of others instead of satisfying the wants of our ego, making research truly meaningful.”
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The PAACT Aesthetics Excellence Award
The PAACT Aesthetics Excellence Award recognises excellence in the aesthetics.
“…what mattered to me the most is the realisation that at the end of the day, the process of adding value is mutual, because not only have you made others feel more valuable, you have also proven your own worth by your accomplishments towards a good cause.”
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“To me, dance is such a demanding art form where failures and setbacks are inevitable. But at the end of the day, what matters is not whether we have faced challenges or obstacles, but whether we choose to pick ourselves up and continue going.”
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The Junior High All-Round Excellence Award
The Junior High All-Round Excellence Award is the pinnacle of all Junior High student awards, recognising all-round excellence in academia, CCA, leadership and service.
Wong Sam Tou
“… you can feel the genuine care and concern that people have for each other in NJC. Because of this, I am inspired to want to give back to our community, just like how others have done for me.”
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Mak Zhan Rui Jovan
“…the obstacles you face add much more value to your experience and your growth than a smooth sailing journey. Also, don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone when taking up opportunities. It is only by venturing out of your comfort zone that you are able to have new experiences and learn new things.”
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The Elizabeth Poey Inspiration and Courage Award
The Elizabeth Poey Inspiration and Courage (EPIC) Award is designed to recognise and celebrate outstanding students, from all academic levels, who have shown the courage and vision to actively advocate for transformational change in Singapore society or in the world. This award is the first team award designed in National Junior College and is the first step towards stimulating a greater adventurous spirit and a “rugged society” mentality in a collaborative manner amongst NJC students.
Project Meraki was initiated in March 2021 upon recognition that pandemic disruption to learning presented an opportunity to reimagine and revitalize education. After months of project planning and adaptation to the fluid pandemic situation, Project Meraki, working with the Lakeside Family Services’ The GRIT Project, was launched to engage and instill GRIT values (Grace, Respect, Integrity, and Tenacity) in primary school children from less privileged backgrounds, through meaningful activities conducted over a series of weekly virtual engagements. Project Meraki offered their clients avenues to experience the joy of learning Science beyond the classroom through interesting hands-on experiences in a safe space. This project provided a platform for self-discovery and empowerment for their young clients to grow to be confident, competent, and caring young people of good character.
Student team members:
Ong See Gek Cheryl, Gwyneth Chow, Ji Sirui, Zhang Tong Jia, Chia Jia Xuan
Teacher mentor: Ms Oh Wei Ting
Project Lumi aimed to support lower and upper primary level students from Life Student Care and Yishun Volunteer Care Centre holistically by offering development opportunities in both their academic work and soft skills through befriending activities, and by working together with the centre to provide students with companionship and academic help. With some members also representing NJ Youth Give Back Programme, the team ran the programme for 8 months from May to December 2021, with regular weekly sessions for both tutoring and befriending. This project is now helmed by the pilot project team’s juniors who are liaising with the volunteer centre and have managed to incorporate non-virtual sessions too to further improve the service and its impact. The succession plan ensures the sustainability of the project and continued service to beneficiaries with the partner organisations.
Student team members:
Jayashree Sivakumar, Jamie Tan Wen Qi, Lim Qiao Jing, Natasha Alexandra Gunawan, Justin Eggen, Balaven s/o Muthayah, Nukula Murali Hemanth, Rajarethinam Sanjiv
Teacher mentor: Mr Terence Yap