President's Scholars 2016

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President's Scholars 2016

Postby jtoh » Wed Aug 24, 2016 9:47 am ... 1471996398

As a student at Bukit Panjang Government High School, Miss Natasha Ann Lum Mei Seem was a middling student whom some perceived as "girlish and timid".

But at Pioneer Junior College (PJC) in Choa Chu Kang, the petite 19-year-old became president of the student council after peers saw how quickly she took charge of a surprise fire drill during a camp.

She did well at the A levels, with As in geography, literature in English and mathematics and a B in economics, and went on to join the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).

Now an officer cadet (OCT) in the air force, she is one of five Singaporeans awarded the prestigious President's Scholarship this year.

She is the first PJC student to be awarded a President's Scholarship, and only the second female recipient of the SAF Scholarship - formerly known as the SAF Overseas Scholarship - who is concurrently a President's Scholar.

The officer cadet, who has gone on a field camp and route marches during Basic Military Training, hopes to pursue East Asian studies in the United States next year after Officer Cadet School (OCS).

The other President's Scholars this year are: Miss Olivia Ong Si Hui, who was from Dunman High School and will study psychology at the University of Oxford; Mr Timothy Ong Kah Yong, of Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), who will read law at the University of Cambridge; and Raffles Institution graduates, OCT Joshua Chin Zen Jie, who hopes to pursue environmental science next year after OCS, and Mr Sean Ong Zhi Han, who is bound for Tufts University in the US to study history.

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