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Lee Kuan Yew Award for Outstanding Normal Course Students

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“Stop expecting so much out of yourself.  Relax a little and work at your own pace.  Don’t ask where others are at; you will only stress yourself out and stress leads to poor performance.  If you’re a Christian, trust God, for he will deliver you from adversity. Remember Proverbs 13:4: “The sluggard craves and gets nothing, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied”.
– Brian Lee, 5 Agape, Class of 2016 

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In his graduating year, Brian aspired to enrol in Yishun Junior College. He worked hard to achieve his goals but he did not do as well as he had expected for his Mid-Year Examinations. He tried to apply to the Junior College through DSA but he was rejected. 

Undaunted by disappointments, Brian redoubled his efforts and started studying with friends regularly. He tasted success during the Preliminary Examination and eventually on the day of his O-level examination, outperforming his personal best of 11 points. Reaping the fruits of his labour, he recalled gleefully that he celebrated his good results with his close friends and family whom he is immensely grateful for.

With the benefit of hindsight, Brian said, “I feel grateful that Yishun Junior College rejected my application. It had spurred me on to obtain a place at my current JC, Anderson Junior College. It is a college I had never even dream of entering due to its low cut-off point.”

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Brian had to taste many bitter disappointments before his success.  He recalled how he struggled with subjects like Chinese Language. Another subject which he found very difficult was Combined Humanities. In a bid to improve his results, he revised consistently and intensively. His effort eventually paid off when his O-level results for this particular subject had improved by leaps and bounds.

Besides academic success, Brian had a passion for his Co-Curricular Activity, the Infocomm Club.  He is thankful for his teacher who trusted him and was flexible in giving him time to balance both CCA and academic rigour.  Brian rose through the ranks to assume the appointment of Vice-Chairperson of the Infocomm Club.

Brian remembers fondly the people who had showered him with love and care during his studies, particularly his friends who motivated him to study harder, supported and encouraged him to persevere when he met with obstacles. He also appreciates the impactful advice of his Vice-Principal, his Mathematics teacher and his Level Head.  Above all, he acknowledges that his greatest strength came from two pillars – God and his parents who have instilled in him the belief that he could succeed.  He has set his sights on getting a degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics.