“Being shortlisted from so many entrants is a huge accolade in itself, but being published by arguably one of the world’s leading newspapers, is something many people can only ever dream of”, proudly shared Ms. Kate Wilson, Head of the English Department at BIS Hanoi.
In this competition, students were asked to submit a 500-word opinion piece responding to the following question: “In an age where unpredictability is the new constant, what can you, the younger generation, do now to shape the future?” Participants must demonstrate competence in the use of English as a written language alongside originality and flair.
Valerie and Quoc Thai wrote insightful and powerful articles sharing their opinions on what the younger generation can do now to shape the future.
For Quoc Thai, he focused on the alarming environmental issues in 2050 when humanity will have reached halfway across the 21st century with a predicted population of eight billion people. His article then emphasised that it is imperative for the youth to make helping the environment a duty, in order to shape a brighter future. Besides a love for writing and Literature, Quoc Thai is passionate about Performing Arts. During his time at BIS Hanoi, he formed a student band with his peers and took on a number of leading roles in BIS Hanoi’s Secondary annual productions. At the Graduation Ceremony in late May this year, he was awarded Best in Performing Arts and Best in Core IB awards, which are a testament for his ability and passion.