S'porean wins top literature prize again

S'porean wins top literature prize again

For the 14th year in a row, a Singaporean student has won the Angus Ross Prize - a prestigious award for English literature.

Former Hwa Chong Institution student Claire Yang Shu Rui, 19, beat around 12,000 students who sat the English literature A-level exam last year to clinch the award. This year's runner-up is also a Singaporean student, Mr Sheldon Anthony Lim Wei Jie, from Victoria Junior College.

The annual prize is given to the best-performing non-British candidate in the A-level English literature exam.

Ms Yang said she was informed of her win by her former school on Friday.

"I was also told by the National University of Singapore on the same day that I've been accepted to the law course, so I'm really happy," said the younger of two children. "I've always found English literature very enriching. It teaches you a lot about human interaction, life and the world. It's amazing how language is so powerful."

Ms Yang, who scored distinctions in history, literature, economics, mathematics and General Paper in the A-level exams, will receive a bank draft worth £100 (S$211) and a commendation letter from Cambridge.

Her mother runs motivational courses in schools, while her father works in a microelectronics company.

Singapore has produced winners almost every year since the University of Cambridge International Examination began giving out the award in 1987.

Past Singapore winners include theatre actress Emma Yong, who died at age 37 of stomach cancer, and Mr Li Shengwu, 29, the grandson of Singapore's first prime minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.

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This article was published on May 7 in The Straits Times.

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