SINGAPORE - Mrs Kelly Ang, the mother of this year's President's Scholar, really believes in the benefits of being a big fish in a small pond.
Eight years ago, instead of sending her son Scott to the popular Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), she was bent on finding a school that would best fit him.
He had an offer from ACS(I) through the direct schools admissions scheme, but she enrolled him in the then two-years-old Singapore Sports School (SSP).
The former Shuqun Primary pupil had scored 233 in the PSLE, which was "not fantastic".
"There was no point going to ACS(I) then. He would have been at the bottom of the class, and may have missed out on many opportunities," said the 51-year-old housewife.
"At the SSP, we felt he would stand a better chance of representing the school in swimming. He would also have more chances to take the lead and more choices."
That decision turned out to be right. There, he trained as a swimmer and then a triathlete, and took part in many competitions.
Mrs Ang said her 20-year-old son is a "late bloomer", weak at spelling and reading in his early years. His grades improved in secondary school and he won several awards for his studies. "That gave him assurance and confidence that he was on the right path."