Top achievers and STPM graduands honoured at Samarahan graduation ceremony
For Nurul Fatihah Ismuni, 19, one of the three Young Leadership Award recipients at the Samarahan District Level Pre-University Students joint graduation ceremony on Oct 28, her achievement will be a driving force to spur her on to more success.
“I do not come from a wealthy family, and my parents and teachers encouraged me to be successful in my studies. I will use this achievement as my catalyst to change the fate of my family in future,” said Nurul Fatihah, who hopes to go on to study education and teaching at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI).
The SMK Muara Tuang student aspires to become a lecturer and advises those who are still studying to “always focus on the teachers and learning in the classroom, make lots of effort to take notes and revision, and always perform your prayers.”
As for Salasiah Sapri who aspires to become a Malay language lecturer, she wants to continue her studies at Universiti Malaya.
“Looking at the shortage of language teachers in our country today along with my interest in the language, I wish to become a lecturer in Malay,” she said, adding that her parents and teachers had always been her supporters.
The SMK Asajaya student went on to share her study tips: “Most important is to respect the teachers and parents as they are the backbones of our success, and always be diligent to do your revisions to make it easier to understand what you have learned in class.”
Other awards she received include being the top achiever in every subject, including History, Economics, General Studies and Malay.
For Mohd Syafikul Dzaheer Maliki from SMK Kota Samarahan, receiving the Young Leadership Award will be his latest inspiration to continue to learn and strive to set an example for other students.
“I feel very happy and satisfied with this award and I dedicate it to my parents and teachers who have helped me a lot in my studies, as well as in my co-curriculum activities,” said Syafikul, who is also active in co-curricular activities including football and scouts.
After STPM, Syafikul intends to continue his studies at Unimas or UiTM in business.
“My ambition is to become a corporate leader, and maybe a teacher,” he said.
His recipe for success was,“Respect your teachers and parents and heed their advice. Keep going and never know the meaning of defeat or despair. Always keep moving forward, and don’t look back.”
The joint graduation ceremony for STPM graduates was held the first time in 2014 and only involved two schools in the district with Form 6 classes, namely SMK Muara Tuang and SMK Kota Samarahan.
This year’s joint graduation ceremony held at Samarahan Civic Centre included SMK Asajaya.
“Hopefully, the joint venture undertaken by the three schools could unite the educators, students, and PTA in the Samarahan district,” said Samarahan District Education representative Basil Clement Andrew who also read State Education director Rakayah Madon’s text speech during the graduation ceremony opening.
He also hoped that through this collaboration, more joint activities could be carried out for pre-university students in order to produce more graduates of distinction.
At the ceremony, graduation certificates were given to 93 SMK Muara Tuang students, 61 SMK Kota Samarahan students, and 110 SMK Asajaya students followed by the presentation of certificates and special awards including Student Council Award 2015, and Best Achievement Award for every subject.
Three other awards for excellence were given at the ceremony, including the Co-curriculum Excellence Award which was awarded to Barnes Cole James (SMK Muara Tuang), Wahidduzzaman Rini (SMK Kota Samarahan), Nur Athilah Razak (SMK Kota Samarahan), Mohd Aizat Mahdi (SMK Asajaya), and Nadiah Saleh (SMK Asajaya).
Meanwhile, the Admirable Personality Award was awarded to Nurul Fatihah Ismuni (SMK Muara Tuang), Claudia Fo Ming (SMK Kota Samarahan), and Mohammad Shafiq Iqmal Zainudin (SMK Asajaya).
SMK Muara Tuang principal Wahap Wak, who was also the organiser of the graduation ceremony expected all these students to be successful in the upcoming examinations and subsequently continue their studies at university level.
“We are targeting more students to get all A in all the subjects,” he said, adding that the academic performance of the students in all three schools was encouraging.
“For next year, we hope to work together and combine all five schools in this district in the next graduation ceremony, including SMK Wira Penrissen and SMK Sungai Tapang,” he added.
Also attending the ceremony were SMK Kota Samarahan principal Catherine Ritikos, and SMK Asajaya principal Ishak Hashim.