SMK Petra Jaya celebrates top SPM scorer Eleanor Repah
By Jude Toyat
The constant drive for knowledge is one of the factors behind Eleanor Repah’s success as the recipient of Best Overall Student Award.
The 18-year-old, who scored 10 As in last year’s Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM), said she would watch tremendous amounts of TV, be it comedy show, or history documentaries as it “helps to broaden my perspective on things, think more creatively and connect the knowledge I gained in school with the ones I learned from the outside world.
“I think it’s called application.”
Eleanor who is of mixed Iban and Kayan parentage from Kuching said that she was honoured and grateful to receive the award.
For her, the most important thing for a student to know is to not be afraid to make mistakes or take risks and always be expressive.
“Put your ideas out in group discussion and be that student who always raises their hand when a teacher asks for volunteers.
“People might laugh if your idea is absurd or if your answer is wrong, so laugh with them. I do not take it seriously when people laugh at me, because I know I contributed something and learned something from it. It’s all about gaining confidence and have that last laugh,” said the eldest of two siblings.
Eleanor’s father works as an internal auditor at Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Salcra) and her mother works as a bank officer at Bank Islam and she cites her parents and teachers as her constant inspiration throughout her school life.
“Occasionally, a moment of realisation hit me with just how much dedication these people have had for my education. My parents spared nothing to finance my school needs, and were even willing to drive me around after a tiring day at work.
“My teachers stayed back very late to teach extra classes, and even organised some more sessions on numerous Saturdays and holidays. I said to myself, if I am not going to do this for myself, at least I can repay some of the hard work they put in for me,” said Eleanor, adding that all she wants is to make everything worth their while and it is the thought that kept her going.
On her study method, Eleanor said that she prefers to study in a group.
“I like studying in a group because I can ask for help immediately from my study mates. I am the kind of person who tends to forget things and if I don’t tackle the problem on the spot, I will get very frustrated the next time I face the same tricky topic and lose interest to continue revision altogether,” she explained.
Eleanor’s hobbies include playing the guitar and this huge Metallica fan spends her free time learning their riffs.
“My ambition is to become an architect, contribute to my society, city, state and country in the form of eco-friendly buildings and skyscrapers. Perhaps, a landmark as the symbol of our achievement by 2020,” she said.
Her advice to aspiring top students out there is to persevere in whatever they do.
“Keep an open mind and constantly try to improve yourself. Finally, always remember your roots and the people around you because they have touched your life in one way or another making you who you are today.”
On her future plans, Eleanor said that she was going to enrol in foundation courses to kickstart her tertiary education.
SMK Petra Jaya’s 23rd Parent Teacher Association (PTA) General Assembly and academic excellence awards was officiated by political secretary to the Public Works Minister Fazrudin Abdul Rahman at Dewan Al-Muneerah, SMK Petra Jaya on March 4.
On the school’s achievement, SMK Petra Jaya recorded an increase of 4.07 in cumulative grade point average (CGPA) for PT3 compared to 4.58 previously, and all subjects have improved except for English.
In the recent Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia 2015 results, the school has two straight A students, and 14 students have achieved 5As and above. For the Sijil Tinggi Pelajaran Malaysia, their CGPA has increased from 2.25 in 2014 to 2.26 in 2015.
Seven students achieved 6As for PT3, Ahmad Adli Hakimi Ali, Farah Hanisah Yusop@Yusuf, Polly Chong Yun Fun, Sudipa Chakraverty, Maisarah Nasrin Aina Ibrahim, Dania Errissya Ismail and Dayang Nurin Atasha Awang Sebli.
Besides Eleanor Repah Kubu, the top SPM students were Billy Chong Yun Kiat (11A), Izyan Syazwani Dzulkarnain (9A), Ng Chia Yi (9A), Florian Jong Ai Lun (9A), Chin Chin Yet (7A), Annazthasha Isla Jong (7A), Irene Lee Chin Ling (7A), Lai Pei Yan (7A), Chan Huey Ming (6A), Husain Mustofa Al-Haddad (6A) and Alice Chin Sian Shuen (6A).
Top three for STPM are Jessy Chong Pei Sze (3.67), Sherl Law Yuan Lee (3.50) and Hiew Sei Hui (3.00).