Hanoi school gifts gold to excellent students

By Duong Tam   May 23, 2024 | 12:17 am PT
Hanoi school gifts gold to excellent students
Twelveth grader Hoang Ha Uyen (2nd, L) and ninth grader Nguyen Minh Chau (3rd, L) receive certificates of merit and gold bar gift from representatives of M. V. Lomonosov Middle & High School in Hanoi, May 22, 2024. Photo courtesy of the school
M. V. Lomonosov Middle & High School, a private school in Hanoi, awarded two students each with a piece of gold of more than 11 grams during their graduation ceremony on Wednesday.

The recipients, 12th grader Hoang Ha Uyen and 9th grader Nguyen Minh Chau, were honored for their academic excellence and their achievements in extracurricular competitions.

Uyen won first place in the city-level excellent student selection exam for German language, while Chau secured second place in English.

The gold bars, each worth around VND26 million (US$1,020) and engraved with the school's logo featuring a soaring dragon and the motto "nhan van, khai phong" (humanitarian, progressive), were presented to the students.

Previously, two teachers with outstanding achievements also received similar rewards.

Nguyen Quang Tung, the school’s principal, mentioned that rewarding teachers and distinguished students with gold has been a tradition maintained by the school for the past five years.

Annually, two teachers and two students with the most excellent achievement are granted this prestigious award.

"Money might be spent, but a keepsake like a gold bar engraved with their names and the school's educational philosophy will be treasured by the students and remind them of their hard work," Tung said.

Additionally, the school aims to convey a message that all academic efforts can lead to a better life and encourages students to use their knowledge to contribute to the community.

Among the awardees, Uyen expressed her surprise and joy.

Having lived and studied in Austria for four years during her middle school years, Uyen faced many challenges upon returning to Vietnam. With the support of her teachers and friends, she gradually adapted to the new environment, making significant academic progress during her high school years.

"I will keep this gold bar as a reminder of my high school journey and to motivate myself to strive even harder," she said.

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