M’sian student is ‘Top in the World’ for Chemistry


PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian student has received the “Top in the World” award for the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examinations in Chemistry.

Cheryl Chow Shu Wei, 17, a student at Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School here received the highest standard mark.

“I am ecstatic to receive this prestigious global recognition. To know that I’ve been named the best in Chemistry in the whole world, it is something I never have dreamt of.

“This past year has been extremely difficult with the Covid-19 pandemic and learning from home.

“So, I’m even more proud of my accomplishment. Of course, none of this could have been possible without the help of my parents, teachers and peers who motivated and encouraged me to never give up and always try my best, ” she said in a press release.

According to the school, Shu Wei beat close to one million students from around the world to earn the prestigious award from the Cambridge Assessment International Education during the recent Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

Her other achievements include winning the overall top participant at the prestigious Mangahigh East Asia Maths Ninja Challenge 2019, a competition that saw her beat 14,240 students from Japan, China, Korea and Singapore and other countries across East Asia.

“She also bagged gold in the national level Kangaroo Math Competition and was a top achiever in the 2019 The University of St Andrews Maths Competition, ” the school said in the press release.

Chow also earned the gold award in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in 2019 and 2020.

Beaconhouse Sri Inai International School executive principal Nicki Coombs said the school is proud of Shu Wei.

Whether it is Chemistry, Mathematics or English, she said the student shows her “exceedingly outstanding” capabilities when it comes to academics.

“Her achievement is a testament to the Beaconhouse approach to holistic education and life-long learning.

“An approach that provides a balanced emphasis which has contributed to her extraordinary performances across subjects and throughout the years, ” she added.

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