SOTY 2021/22: Meet Hong Kong’s outstanding students of the year who embody the theme, ‘Together we grow and achieve’

  • Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists in the Student of the Year Awards! Here are the category winners and runners-up who amazed the judges
  • The awards are organised by the South China Morning Post and sponsored solely by The Hong Kong Jockey Club with support from the Education Bureau

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The Student of the Year Awards ceremony was held at the Kowloon Shangri-la Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui. Photo: Dickson Lee

Last month, 37 students were honoured at the awards ceremony for the Student of the Year Awards, an annual event that celebrates Hong Kong’s secondary school students who have shown academic excellence and exceptional commitment to community service.

Organised by the South China Morning Post, and sponsored solely by The Hong Kong Jockey Club with support from the Education Bureau, this year’s awards featured the theme “Together we grow and achieve”. Following a year of challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, the ceremony was held at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui on July 23.

The winner of the Grand Prize award, as well as the Mathematician and Scientist award, Nathan Ng Leong-hang, is a 17-year-old student from St Paul’s Co-educational College. He joined the ceremony via videoconferencing as he is taking a summer course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US. Photo: Dickson Lee
The Hong Kong Jockey Club Executive Director of Charities and Community Dr Gabriel Leung (from left) with Grand Prize first runner-up Jason Chan Chun-sing, second runner-up Annalise Mak, and South China Morning Post CEO Catherine So. Photo: SCMP
Community Contributor winner Bailey Cherry founded ReBooked, an eco-friendly bookstore which collects and sells preloved children’s books. Photo: SCMP
Sportsperson winner and tennis superstar, Coleman Wong Chak-lam (left) with category judge Amy Chan. The Diocesan Boys’ School student is a two-time junior grand slam doubles champion. Photo: SCMP
The two runners-up in the Scientist and Mathematician award, Wong Ka-yu (left) and Lee Pak-nin (right) with the category judge Albert Wong. Photo: SCMP
Winner of the Linguist (English) category Mark Lee Jin-kang from Diocesan Boys’ School hopes to use language to train young people to become change-makers. Photo: SCMP
Linguist (Cantonese) winner Amber Wong Seng-ying of Marymount Secondary School developed a “Dictation Assistant” app to help improve users’ Chinese listening, writing and reading skills. Photo: SCMP
Linguist (Putonghua) winner Ku Ping-sum of St Paul’s Co-educational College plans to set up an organisation for Mandarin language education which will serve as an opportunity to help integrate the Greater Bay Area. Photo: SCMP
Everyone at the ceremony enjoyed Performing Artist winner, Enoch Li Yui-ching’s violin performance of “Funk the String” by Aleksey Igudesman. Photo: SCMP
Performing Artist second runner-up Yue Hoi-ching’s harp performance of “Fantaisie from the motive of Contes d’Hoffmann” by Jean-Michel Damase was soothing for the audience. Photo: SCMP
Performing Artist first runner-up Joyce Kei of Renaissance College danced an inspiring ballet performance, titled “Hope”. Photo: SCMP
Visual Artist first runner-up Yip Tsz-ying (from left), winner Lau Kin-gi, judge Marcelo Duhalde and second runner-up Joanne Lai Ting-ting. Photo: SCMP
Diocesan Boys’ School student Lau Kin-gi is the Visual Artist winner with his paintings that represent this year’s theme, “Together we grow and achieve”. Photo: Handout
One of the Best Devotion to School winners, Chan Tsz-yiu from CCC Chuen Yuen College (right), talks about the initiative she led during Covid-19 to send “cheer packages” with cards to graduating classes, as well as small gifts to thank teachers. Photo: SCMP
One of the Best Improvement winners, Cheung Ka-hei (second from left) from Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College, shares how he overcame obstacles as someone with ADHD and learned important lessons by helping those in need. Photo: SCMP

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s Student of the Year Awards:

Grand Prize: Nathan Ng Leong-hang, St Paul’s Co-educational College

Community Contributor: Bailey Cherry, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

Linguist (Cantonese): Amber Wong Seng-ying, Marymount Secondary School

Linguist (English): Mark Lee Jin-kang, Diocesan Boys’ School

Linguist (Putonghua): Ku Ping-sum, St Paul’s Co-educational College

Performing Artist: Enoch Li Yui-ching, Diocesan Boys’ School

Visual Artist: Lau Kin-gi, Diocesan Boys’ School

Scientist & Mathematician: Nathan Ng Leong-hang, St Paul’s Co-educational College

Sportsperson: Coleman Wong Chak-lam, Diocesan Boys’ School

Best Devotion to School: Chan Tsz-yiu, CCC Chuen Yuen College

Best Devotion to School: Kwong Lai-tung, Wa Ying College

Best Devotion to School: Lawrence Ng, St Paul’s Co-educational College

Best Devotion to School: Katia Shek, Chinese International School

Best Devotion to School: Karndeep Singh, HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

Best Improvement: Areeba Afrah, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

Best Improvement: Cheung Ka-hei, Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College

Best Improvement: Lam Ming-lai, St Mary’s Canossian College

Best Improvement: Tam Hoi-ki, Ju Ching Chu Secondary School (Tuen Mun)

Best Improvement: Yan Tsz-soen, St Mark’s School

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