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Hwa Chong Student Earns Top Accolades

08 Aug 2016
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Held in Hanoi, Vietnam from July 17 to 24 2016, the International Biology Olympiad (IBO) is a competition for secondary school students who are winners of their respective National Biology Olympiad. An interest in Biology, inventiveness, creativity and perseverance are necessary.

Congratulations to Team Singapore who clinched four Gold medals, including our own student Mok Kai Lin Jacy (15S7B), who is ranked 12th in the world. To sum up the IBO experience, she has this to add:
          "Study hard, understand rather than memorize, keep calm and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. That's how I would sum up the IBO journey. A big thank you to all who have made it possible!"

Mrs Foo-Lam Weng Keat (Director/ Studies) commented that :
          “Jacy Mok is a highly talented young lady who has a deep passion for Biology. A curious individual, Jacy is independent and disciplined in her learning of skills and techniques in Biology Olympiad training. Jacy’s positive learning attitude and analytical mind enabled her to ask questions that reflected thought and maturity. Jacy was among one of the few students who did H3-A*Star research, which was only offered to the best students in the cohort. She did a project in protein crystallisation and 3D structure analysis under an external mentor from the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Despite the content and technique which extended beyond the current H2 syllabus, Jacy took the initiative to read extensively on the background of the project. Being very curious, she tried to find out principles behind the experimental techniques as far as possible, although they were not required of her. She also showed a high level of persistence during the experimentation, trying numerous different condition when the initial condition for crystallisation was not optimal. During the practice for oral defense practice, I was pleasantly surprised that Jacy could answer all my questions with ease, be it research background or experimental details. Jacy has a down-to-earth work attitude. She will always do her work neatly and on time. Most of the time, she will know the Biology being discussed very well, but she still listen to others attentively before voicing her opinion.”

A triumphant Team Singapore with HwaChongian, Mok Kai Lin Jacy (15S7B) at the right.

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