Highlights of the Class of 2016
The College is proud to feature the following students who exemplify the College’s Vision of Noble Ambition and Character, for the Service of God and Nation. They attest to the College’s commitment to a holistic education that develops young people who will make a difference in the world.
Monika Manuela Hengki (Alumna, CHIJ Toa Payoh)
Monika is an individual who was wide ranging in her commitment to being a student with intellectual reach and acumen. As an executive committee member of the Anglo-Chinese Junior College Science and Mathematics Council (SMC), Monika displayed strong leadership capacity and a passion for science outreach through the various events she organised, such as Little Professor 2015, International Young Whizzes Challenge 2015, the Summer Challenge 2015, the International C. B. Paul Science Quiz 2016, and the International Biomedical Quiz 2016. For her contribution to the school and community through SMC, Monika was presented with a Service Award at the ACJC Honours’ Night 2016.
Equally, as a member of the Malay Cultural Society (MCS), Monika was part of a team that represented the college in Bahas 4PM, a national Malay debating competition for tertiary students where ACJC emerged as champions for the first time in ACJC's history.
Finally, Monika also participated in two overseas VIA trips in Batam, Indonesia and Da Lat, Vietnam.
Christina Thomas (Alumna, Crescent Girls’ School)
As the Captain of the Debating and Oratorical Society in 2015, Christina impressed with her perseverance and the support she showered on her juniors, often spending extra time with them to offer personal feedback and to care for their well-being. She played a key leadership role in organising the Junior Lexis Debate Masterclass series for primary schools and the Senior Lexis Debate Masterclass for secondary schools.
At the national level, Christina was recipient of various debate accolades as the best speaker at different tournaments such as the MOE-ACJC Intercollegiate Debating Championships, Oldham Cup and Toastmasters. She displayed sharp wit, verbal flourish and intellectual vigour at all these events.
Deservedly, Christina received the Outstanding Service Award on Honours Night for her contributions to her CCA. Today Christina continues to coach her juniors and role models being an eloquent and confident communicator.
Christina was academically outstanding throughout her time as a student. She was a recipient of the prestigious MOE Humanities Scholarship for 2015 to 2016. At both the JC1 Promotional Examination and the JC2 Preliminary Examinations, she was ranked among the top students, and was awarded the Scholastic Merit Award in 2015 for academic excellence.
She will be reading Law at Cambridge University, UK.
Suzanne Lim Tze Yin (Alumna, Nan Hua High School)
As the President of the 40th Students' Council, together with her Executive Committee, Suzanne was responsible for setting direction for the Council, making executive decisions in the running and growth of the Council. She has also served as the bridge between the Senior Administration and the student body, often proposing ideas or discussing pertinent issues regarding the student body directly with the Principals of the College. During her council term, Suzanne was the Programme IC of Investiture Ad-Hoc 2015, Programme IC of Teachers' Day Ad-Hoc 2015, the Head of JC1 Orientation Ad-Hoc 2016, and Head of April Camp Ad-Hoc 2016.
Suzanne was also a member of the ACJC Interact Club from 2015 to 2016. She volunteered regularly at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home, engaging with the elderly through interaction and caregiving.
Suzanne was also selected to be part of the Pre-University Seminar 2015, as well as the 2015 ACJC Leadership Exchange Programme to Sydney Australia. Suzanne was a member-elect of The Principal’s Honour Roll 2016. She is an outstanding ACSian, and the College is proud of her.
Nur Hazeem Bin Abdul Nasser (Alumnus, Anglo-Chinese School Independent)
Despite challenging family circumstances, Hazeem has faced life with cheerful optimism. He has lived true to ACJC’s core value of tenacity, proving that with effort and concerted commitment one can make a difference in the lives of others. He is a young man of integrity, well loved and respected by his peers, and dedicated to serving others. He initiated Values-In-Action projects enthusiastically and has created his own social enterprise ALittleChange that operates at a national level. At the same time, he was a student councillor and a dedicated actor with ACSian Theatre, also being an Singapore Youth Festival Certificate of Distinction. His service ethos has also propelled him to bid for and be awarded the National Youth Council’s YoungChangemaker Grant for community innovation. Hazeem is to be congratulated on his all-round passionate involvement and service to others.
Jared Tang Shao Kuang (Alumnus, Anglo-Chinese School Barker Road)
Jared was the Captain of the ACJC Rugby Team and the Executive Committee member of the CCA Advisory Board, for Sports. Under his leadership, the ACJC Rugby team achieved 1st Runner-up for the Singapore Youth Olympic Festival 7-aside Tournament Under-18 category in 2015 and an overall 3rd placing for the National 'A' Division Championships in both 2015 and 2016. Jared was named as Top Try Scorer by the Team in both 2015 and 2016.
Jared has served the community through 'Sign For SG', an event held to get members of the community to recite the Singapore pledge using sign language. The event saw his class partnering with the Singapore Association Of The Deaf where his class first learned basic sign language vernacular. Jared also took time to serve the community at the Chen Su Lan Methodist Children's Home with the Christian Fellowship, where they interacted with children who came from troubled backgrounds.
Jarren Goh Wang Cheng and Justin Goh Wang Xuan (Alumni, Fairfield Methodist Secondary School)
Twins Jarren and Justin are not just identical in appearance, they share the same interests and abilities, so much so that they ended up in the same class, taking the same subjects and in the same CCA while at ACJC!
As members of the ACJC Cross Country team, Jarren and Justin took part in the 57th National Inter-Schools Cross Country Championship 2016 and the 800m and 1500m in the 57th National Inter-School Track & Field Championships 2016. They also represented the school as part of the Cross Country team in the 4 x 800 metres relay in the Singapore Press Holdings Schools Relay Championship 2016, and clinched first runners-up in the relay.
The brothers were also involved in a class-initiated Values-In-Action project in 2016, to raise awareness of animal cruelty and environmental conservation.
The brothers kept pace with each other in the academic sphere as well. Both received the Scholastic Merit Award for their excellent performance in their promotional examinations, and were consistently on the top student list.
Sabelle Ashley Kee Jen (Alumna, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School)
Sabelle’s passion for water-skiing runs deep, carrying on a family’s lifelong commitment to a sport whose name belies immense technical difficulty, balance, strength and style. Sabelle jumped, twisted and balanced her way to a bronze medal in the Women’s Open Trick skiing event at the SEA Games in 2015.
It was no surprise to witness the continuation of her love of balance, poise, and athleticism as a committed member of the college’s Dance Society, where she was an ardent choreographer and captain. Whilst training for the SEA Games, Sabelle dedicated her time to training with the Dance Society, attaining a Certificate of Distinction at the 2015 Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. She also performed at numerous events both within the college calendar and publicly as well. She found particular meaning in the Dance Society’s collaboration with Prison Fellowship Singapore where she interacted and befriended less privileged children of former and current inmates through a programme of innovative games and activities.
The glamour of representing Singapore and being on stage is unsurprisingly matched by months of toil, tears and disappointments. When interviewed, Sabelle’s personal mantra of ‘keeping her head up and her heart strong’ kept her going in tough times when she had to juggle her sporting and aesthetic dreams and passions, with her own academic aspirations as a Humanities student. She attributes her success to being able to focus on the different seasons in a student’s life, her tutors who were encouraging and customised learning for her, and her family and friends who urged her on especially in hard times. Awarded the ACJC Sports Scholarship in 2015 and the ACJC Old Boys Association Sports Girl Award in 2016, Sabelle’s is a story that celebrates hard work, drive and community.
Dylan Raj Singh (Alumnus, St Joseph’s Institution)
Dylan was one of twenty students nationwide selected to be part of the Singapore Police Force Young Leaders Programme, where he was exposed to policy planning and participated in discussions and presentations on the importance and the future of the organisation. He also represented the school at the annual National University of Singapore Industrial and Systems Engineering Business Analytics Case Competition where he combined concepts of Mechanics, Mathematics, Business and Economics to present plans to improve Singapore's transport networks.
Dylan served as Vice-Captain and Research Officer of the ACJC Debate and Oratorical Society. His team came in as 1st Runners-up at the Bratislava School's Debating Competition in Slovakia in 2015, where Dylan was also ranked overall 9th best individual speaker. In 2016, his team was also awarded 1st Runners-Up.
Dylan is also a passionate orator and in 2015, Dylan was the 1st Runner-up at the annual nationwide YMCA Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) Competition.
Dylan was a member-elect of The Principal’s Honour Roll 2016. Dylan is also recipient of the Public Service Commission Scholarship to read Physics and History.
Samuel Ashwin Augustine (Alumnus, Anglo-Chinese School Barker Road)
Samuel is a young man with a heart for others. He has consistently worked through a variety of platforms to reach out to the community. He was a representative of ACSian Theatre at the Mayor’s Network for Youth Leaders organised by the North West Community Development Council where he shared about his efforts to aid the community as well as develop ideas to improve ties between people in various communities. He was also the class National Education Representative, planning and executing a class based Values-In-Action (VIA) project, working closely with the VIA Representative to raise awareness for the Singapore Association for the Deaf.
As a confident public speaker, he also volunteered to share devotions to the school regularly. Samuel was chosen to lead the school in the National Education recollections during the National Day celebrations in 2015. Furthermore, Samuel was chosen to represent the College and held vigil at the Parliament House when Singapore’s late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew passed away in 2015.
A young person with strong leadership potential, he was elected as the Head of Welfare in July 2015 for Acsian Theatre. He was a part of ACSian Theatre’s major productions such as Amadeus (2015), A Christmas Carol (2015) and Lady Windermere’s Fan (2016).
In recognition of his service to the community, Samuel was a recipient of the ACJC ‘Class of 2002 Scholarship’ in 2016, which recognizes those who ‘pay it forward’ by contributing to others. Samuel was also a recipient of the 2016 MOE Edusave Character Award.
Ho Jia Huan (Alumna: Methodist Girls’ School)
A conscientious, receptive, and open-minded ACSian, Jia Huan demonstrated a strong commitment to the Values-in-Action Programme during her time at ACJC. This was especially evident from her deep personal commitment to animal welfare, spurring her to lead her class in a VIA project in conjunction with ACRES Cruelty-Free Living.
Her intellectual curiosity is evident from her pursuit of Korean as a third language, above and beyond the curriculum. Her dedication to the language, and her tenacity in her commitment has seen her attain an advanced level of fluency in Korean, passing the fifth grade of the Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK)
Lim Kun Sheng, Gerald (Alumnus: Clementi Town Secondary School)
Lim Kun Sheng, Gerald, is a recipient of the Scholastic Merit Award, as well as of the Ministry of Education Bursary Award. He is compassionate to those in need, especially towards the young and the old, evident by his involvements in Groceries on Wheels by National University of Singapore Society (NUSS) where he had volunteered to organise daily necessities into bags for the elderly and the disadvantaged. He was also involved in VIA activities with Willing Heart's Soup Kitchen and Dover Community Centre's Dover Helping Hands. Gerald was also a member of the College Cross Country Team from 2015 to 2016. Despite not having a cross country background, Gerald seeks to constantly improve himself, by attending multiple optional training sessions held within study breaks, showing his ability to juggle both academics and his CCA. He truly demonstrates the tenacity and passion characteristic of ACSians.
Lee Georgie (Alumnus: Tanglin Secondary School)
Lee Georgie has demonstrated a deep passion for the Sciences, evident from his being awarded the Lim Choon Mong Award for Science and the Wong Ah Loong Award for Science Research at the ACJC Founders’ Day Service 2016. Vice-President of the Tech Council and a Member of the Science and Mathematics Council, Georgie has been a clear inspiration for the Sciences in ACJC. He participated in a four week research attachment at the A*Star Institute of High Performance Computing, working on a research project titled “Modeling the Resilience of Urban Transportation Networks”, a timely and relevant field of research. He is truly a model of ACSian passion, and his devotion to the Sciences will do both him and his alma mater proud.