Search on for silver jubilee student
The President of the United States was soon to face calls for his impeachment and platform shoes and flares were the height of fashion.
Sounds familiar? While the net was closing around President Richard Nixon over the Watergate burglary and China was still under the leadership of Chairman Mao Zedong, one hard-working Hong Kong student was chosen to be the first South China Morning Post Student of the Year.
Waiter's son Tam Hin-cheung of Queen Elizabeth School was recognised as top student for 1973/74. An active sportsman and volunteer life-saver, his prize was a holiday in Southeast Asia.
Now celebrating its silver jubilee, the search is on for the outstanding student who will become the 25th winner of the prestigious award. The prize has increased since those early days - it is now $50,000 and two return tickets to London - but the winning student will display the same academic brilliance and community spirit that saw Hin-cheung rewarded as the first Student of the Year.
Schools are invited to make nominations for the 1998 award. Completed nomination forms must be received by December 11.