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Potent mix of passion, coffee and airplanes

The most outstanding student of Ngee Ann Polytechnic from the class of 2010 puts it all down to Lady Luck

Jun Liang sitting regal in the cockpit of the A-4 Skyhawk at NP’s Aerospace Technology Hub.

Jun Liang sitting regal in the cockpit of the A-4 Skyhawk at NP’s Aerospace Technology Hub.

Top scholar Tan Jun Liang attributes his shining success to Lady Luck but even she must agree that behind every success story is some oft-quoted factors.

Passion, perseverance, a sense of humour, close friends, supportive lecturers and caring family members… these reign supreme in the life of the Aerospace Technology graduate who was awarded the prestigious Ngee Ann Kongsi Gold Medal and the Lee Kuan Yew Award.

The top award offers a bond-free scholarship to pursue any degree at any university of  the scholar’s  choice.

A beaming Jun Liang, 20, says, “I’ve known since joining Ngee Ann Polytechnic that I wanted to further my education overseas. However, since I come from a poor family background, I knew that without a scholarship I couldn’t do it.”

Jun Liang will take up the Singapore Technologies Engineering scholarship and pursue a degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Imperial College in London.

His passion for aerospace technology took flight from a childhood fascination.

“As a child, I was curious as to how something as big as a jumbo jet could take off,” he said.

His passion for planes, all the success factors and copious amounts of coffee he calls his “brain food” carried him through many hours of rushing assignments at the Aerospace Technology Hub.

He must be really good at it, judging from his list of extra-curricular activities that makes you pant just reading it.

As President of the Aerospace Technology Society, he organises outreach activities such as constructing radio-controlled planes. The Society even constructed a blimp to fly the national flag across campus on National Day.

Jun Liang is also a member of Ubin Volunteers and TeamSeagrass, a marine conservation group. He occasionally joins them in their ventures to nearby islands, such as Pulau Semakau, to monitor the health of marine plants and reefs there.

He also works as a librarian at Bugis Library, gives tuition to primary, secondary and junior college students, and was part of the Ngee Ann Fencing team.

Making it to the top, according to him, is also all about knowing how to manage time.

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