A close tussle is brewing among the boys as The New Paper School Sports Star (TNP SSS) Award reaches its exciting conclusion.
While Raphael Chau received the most votes during the top 10 phase with 2,011, the Singapore Sports School swimmer finds himself in second place with 231 votes, 19 behind Woodlands Secondary School runner S Murugananthan's 250 as of 7pm on Wednesday.
Not far behind Raphael in third is tennis player Ashton Tan of Raffles Institution (RI), who has 218 votes.
Floorball and hockey player Jarryl Chan from Victoria Junior College and Unity Secondary School cager Thng Yong-An are also in the running.
Among the girls, Bowen Secondary School's football tigress Sasi Kala Tamang has a commanding lead with 656 votes.
Tampines Junior College sprinter Jane Leong, who pulled in more than 3,500 votes for the top 10 vote, is second with 182.
Rounding up the girls' list are cager Zoey Suan from Deyi Secondary School, Cedar Girls' Secondary School triple jumper Lynette Lim Enxuan and Crescent Girls' School (CGS) runner Kathleen Lin.
Along with the public vote, a judging panel will pick one boy and one girl as the winners for this year's TNP SSS Award, which is presented by sports drink H-TWO-O.
The winners will walk away with $3,000 in prize money and a trophy while the remaining eight finalists will each receive $500 each.
The deadline for voting has been extended till noon on Monday and readers can show their support for the student athletes by visiting www.tnp.sg/sss to cast their vote.
Registration on tnp.sg is required to participate in the poll.
Last year, CGS softball player Seko Aiko won the girls' category while RI sailor Jonathan Yeo emerged as the winner from the boys.
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