Saturday... isn't that the day when most schools are supposed to be closed? Not my school, as April 27th marked Prize-Giving Day, where academic excellence is lauded and hardwork during examinations finally paid off.
Present at the ceremony were our beloved principal Puan Azizah Yusoff, and the head of our parent-teacher association, Encik Abdull Aziz Ismail.
After the national anthem, Puan Azizah gave the opening speech congratulating the students for their high achievements in academics. She also thanked last year's PMR and SPM candidates for performing extremely well, making the school one of the best in the district. She noted that much of this was due to the intensive revision classes, mock examinations and the like. She also credited the school's achievement to it being a cluster school.
Encik Abdull Aziz next gave a short congratulatory speech before opening the day's ceremony.
The students received their prizes with smiles, happy in the knowledge that all the studying had finally paid off. The top five students from each Form were given certificates of recognition and a dictionary to bolster their vocabulary.
Then, it was time for a performance. Talent time winner, Ng Jun Shawn graced the event with a beautiful acoustic rendition of Bruno Mars's 'When I Was Your Man'.
What followed was the apex of the whole event. The coveted Exemplary Student Award. This award is given to the student who served as a role model in his or her achievements and participation in various fields.
A fifth Former was granted this award, whereas students from other forms were selected as hopeful candidates for the award in the future. Each student was given a certificate and a sash. The Exemplary Student received a challenge trophy and a plaque as well as had his biodata read out to the crowd.
With that, the Prize Giving ceremony ended and the crowd went for some light refreshments. One couldn't help but have the zeal to continue to strive for academic excellence in the hope of a bright and successful future.
By Kiwan Richard, 17, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3), Selangor
This post is part of the line-up ahead of the blog's second anniversary. All these posts will be taken from articles written by students featuring the school on School Times, the educational pull-out from the New Straits Times.