Ipoh girl, Jacqueline Thong who recently graduated from Columbia University New York with a Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Development had the honour of being presented with the Dean’s Citation for leadership and outstanding service to the School.
Jacqueline Thong Jia-En, the daughter of MCA’s Ipoh Timor Head Datuk Thong Fah Chong and PSPA President Datin Rosalina Ooi, was initially pursuing a career in dance. Datin Rosalina is a dance teacher and Jacqueline had been learning dance since the age of five.
Unfortunately owing to an injury, she subsequently majored in Sustainable Development, a topic she became interested in which is related to development in Third World countries.
At Columbia Thong joined the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) which pursues academic, political, social and administrative initiatives, and serves as a liaison between the student body, the GS administration, University offices, and student organisations.
Thong spent four years as a GSSC member with the latter two years as its President. As GSSC President she tried to connect GS students to one another, while also helping GS students become more connected to the overall University.
Mrs Lily Chin, the former Headmistress of Thong’s Alma Mater, Methodist Girls School Ipoh, fondly remembers Thong as being very active in school and ever ready to participate in school events due to her dance talents.
Thong who was the student editor of the school magazine then had described her school as “a beautiful garden, its teachers as skillful gardeners and its students as young flowering plants who would one day blossom to full glory for all to see”.
Well congratulations Jacqueline Thong on Blossoming to Full Glory.