Left: Amanda Chia seen here with her parents. Below: Khoo Chit Hui.

Amanda Chia and Khoo Chit Hui had reason to be rejoice on Jan 9.

That day, when the GCE O Level results were released, they found out that they were the two top scoring Sec 5 students in Singapore.

Both scored four A1s and one A2.

“It was mind blowing, it’s not something I expected,” Chia, from Holy Innocents’ High School, told CatholicNews.

“It’s really God who helped me. I also have very supportive parents, they have always encouraged me to do my best and let God handle the rest; and that’s been my motto all this while,” said the Christian teenager.

She added, “Most of my teachers throughout my secondary years were also very encouraging and supportive. I would also like to thank my church leaders who were constantly praying for me, encouraging me and telling me not to give up and believing in me that I could do well.”

Khoo, from Montfort Secondary, said he thanked his “family and ... teachers” for his success.

Overall, Catholic schools fared well in last year’s GCE O Levels with many producing better results than the previous year.

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School produced two of the three top students in Singapore. Both Zhong Yingyi and Chai Yung Ci scored 10 A1s each. This is the fourth year running that the school has produced a top O Level student.

By Don Gurugay

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