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Jay Liu is an inquisitive student intrigued by logic, be it about fallacies, epistemology, or simply mathematics. He enjoys its everyday application — debate — through competitions as a member of both the school’s Chinese and English debate team, and with his peers, purely out of curiosity about the world around him.

The Story

Living in Hong Kong since he was five, Jay has always seen his international education as a privilege. He still returns to his parents’ hometowns in China during breaks, not for entertainment but out of respect for what raised and nurtured the generations above, even so when they are battered-down farming villages. Jay often finds himself contemplating how drastically his life must have changed when his parents walked out of the fields, into the town, and towards the global city that is Hong Kong — and none of that would have happened if his grandparents overlooked the impact education can have on their children. Jay brought forth this revelation to his service trips in Cambodia and Thailand where he taught English to students and contributed to school construction. These firsthand experiences attest to his belief that education unlocks the trove of potential within each student, no matter their background.


In school, Jay is an active member of the Chinese and English debate teams and has won international tournaments. He was part of the Education Equity Association in grades 9 and 10, serving as a co-leader and teaching weekly English classes online to underprivileged students in China. Some of his other dedications include presenting at the AGU 2022 conference about wind energy resources in his school, and at school assemblies about the school’s food waste statistics and composting efforts. Jay’s IB Higher Level courses are Maths AA, Physics, and English LL. He wishes to study law or a social science discipline in university, but is also keeping STEM majors in consideration.


A thought Jay has come to appreciate is how we humans are but borrowing a few kilograms of atoms for a few years from Earth. Why shouldn’t we do what we can to make the world a better place before we return what we’re given?

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