Napat Kiatproongwech (23A14)
Picture an empty stage in a colossal auditorium. The searing lights blind you as your fingers reach for the microphone. You can barely make out the hundreds of eager eyes that are fixed upon you. In that deafening silence, the stage is yours.
Such was the scene at Singapore Polytechnic on 29 July, when several Hwa Chongians competed in the final round of Xin Kong Xia 2023 (XKX 2023), the Ministry of Education’s annual xinyao competition. After spending many gruelling months rehearsing their performances, would they be able to brave the ultimate test of performing at the grand finals?
Needless to say, the pressures of live performance did little to deter them. This year, Hwa Chong students achieved major success at XKX 2023. In addition to the many recipients of the Merit Award across various categories, the competition saw the school reaching new heights, winning champion titles in three out of five categories, a tremendous feat that no other school has ever accomplished in the history of the competition. Thunderous applause from the judges and the audience greeted Janelle Chen's dazzling rendition of the Weyoung classic《差不多先生》, the triumphant duo of Clavin Cher and Loo Guan Yi's《最美模样》, and the soaring highs of Zeng Tao Jin Hao and Zachary Wong's《那年春夏》, with each entry winning the champion title for the singing category, the creative songwriting category, and the open songwriting category respectively.
Let us congratulate all participants not just for their stunning accomplishments, but also for the commendable values which they displayed throughout the course of XKX 2023. Exemplifying the school motto 自强不息, the competitors demonstrated great resolve and commitment to self-improvement, and with their passionate melodies and sincere lyrics, they have profoundly inspired their schoolmates to pursue creativity in all areas and strive for courage, confidence, and determination in any endeavour. With that, we celebrate these exemplary Hwa Chongians whose love for music empowered them to be themselves that night – who, against all odds, seized the spotlight and made the stage their own.
教育部兼人力部政务部长颜晓芳与 （前排左七）新空下 新谣歌曲及创作比赛的获奖者合影
Singing category 歌唱组（独唱）: Champion 冠军
Chen Jing Ying Janelle 曾靖颖, 22S74
Creative songwriting category 创作组（创意）: Champion 冠军
Clavin Cher Hui Yao 徐辉耀, 23S62
Loo Guan Yi 卢冠毅, 23S6G
Open songwriting category 创作组（公开）: Champion 冠军
Zeng Tao Jin Hao 曾陶晋豪, 4O2
Zachary Wong 黄仁杰 4O1
Merit Awards 优胜奖
Alfredo Alexius 郭俊锋, 3P3
Hu Xintong 胡欣彤, 4I2
Zhao Deliang 赵德亮, 3O1
Xu Le 许乐, 3O1
Zhu Zifan 朱子凡, 3O1
Huang Deming 黄德铭, 3O2
Isaac Toh Kang Lei 卓康磊, 2P2
Wong Sui Rui Rodney 王绥睿, 3A2
Wang Jun Han 汪俊涵, 22S63