Hwa Chong student awarded Angus Ross Prize, continuing Singapore's 15-year streak

Angus Ross Prize winner Raymond Scott Lee Chian Hoong (right) with his literature teacher of two years, Mr Christian Simpson. -- PHOTO: HWA CHONG INSTITUTION 
Angus Ross Prize winner Raymond Scott Lee Chian Hoong (right) with his literature teacher of two years, Mr Christian Simpson. -- PHOTO: HWA CHONG INSTITUTION 

SINGAPORE - For the 15th year in a row, a Singaporean student has clinched the Angus Ross Prize, a prestigious literature prize awarded to the best performing non-British candidate in the GCE A-Level English Literature examinations.

Mr Raymond Scott Lee Chian Hoong, a former Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) student, beat around 12,000 candidates worldwide who took various International A-Level English Literature syllabuses examined by Cambridge International Examination.

Thanking his teachers, Mr Lee said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to have won the Angus Ross Prize. I'm also immensely grateful to my teachers at HCI for their guidance, as well as for their passion for literature which they have shared with me."

This year's runner-up for the Angus Ross Prize was Mr Chua Cheng Han Sean from Raffles Institution.

The Angus Ross Prize, named after Dr Angus Ross in honour of his long association with Cambridge International Examinations as Chairman of the A-Level English Literature examiners, was first awarded in 1987.

Past Singaporean winners include theatre actress Emma Yong, who died of stomach cancer in 2012, and Mr Li Shengwu, 29, grandson of the late Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew.

andreang@sph.com.sg