SCORING just one A+ in his SPM trial exam at the end of August last year, Muhammad Izzudin Syed Hussein was motivated to put in extra hours for his studies.
After his trial exam, Muhammad Izzuddin spent the next two months focusing on his studies.
The SMK Bukit Jambul student went on to score 9A+s in last year’s examination.
“I didn’t expect to do well but I gave it my all.
“I would usually study between 3am and 5am before I go to school in the morning.
“I would also like to thank all my teachers for helping me,” said Muhammad Izzudin, who plans to further his studies in mechanical engineering.
He also said he was happy that three of his classmates Y. Edwin, Sandeep Singh Gill and S. Prasshanth, also scored 9A+s each.
The four boys together with a student from Bukit Mertajam High School obtained 9A+s.
Yesterday was tense and exciting for the 19,593 students in Penang who sat for the exam last year.
Schools in the state started announcing the SPM results from 10am.
A visit by The Star to several schools such as SMK Tunku Puan Habshah, SMJK Perempuan China Pulau Pinang and SMJK Chung Ling Pulau Pinang revealed students displaying mixed emotions upon receiving their results.
SMK Convent Green Lane student Winnie Teng Wei Jing was among high achievers who scored straight 9As.
“I’m so happy. All my hard work paid off. I started preparing for SPM about a month before,” said Winnie, who is the daughter of The Star’s Penang office chief reporter Alex Teng.
SMK (P) St George student P. Pa Pallaavi, who is the daughter of Penang Hindu Association secretary M.D.S. Parenjothi, was over the moon after getting 10As in the exam and plans to take up law.
“I would like to thank my parents and teachers for believing in me and for motivating, encouraging and supporting me all the way,” she said.