Going For Gold

WHO doesn’t like to win a gold medal? I wouldn’t be the one to raise my hand to this question, and I suspect no one in class would either. We all love gold medals, we all love to be the top scorer in class, we love A (or even better, A*). Best, fastest, smartest, brightest. We live for such superlatives. Not everyone, however, can be all these, except Meghan Khoo. She’s so far out there no one can catch her—on the track and the gym floor, even in her studies.

Last year, she won 10 gold medals from track and field alone, winning the 100m and 200m sprints, the 100m and 200m team relays, and the high jump. That’s five gold medals, but multiply that by two: five for the school meet and another for the inter-school games. Let’s add another six more for gymnastics. Everyone who watched her floor exercise performance at the National Championships this year didn’t have to wait for the judges’ scorecards; they knew she would win.

That’s already an amazing achievement, but Meghan has blazed a trail in her studies too. She writes the most fluent sentences that makes for compelling essays, from the argumentative to the expository. And when it comes to geography, she’s tops. How does she do it?

“Well, I really love geography,” she’d tell you.

Another thing you’d hear her say is this: “Reading is so much fun, so fun I can’t understand why anyone doesn’t like to read.”

Ask her if she’s read Harry Potter, all seven in the series, she’d give you that look: “Duh!” Ask her if she’s read Hunger Games, you know what response you’d get. Now ask her some more: How about Pride and Prejudice? Or Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami? Or Steinbeck’s The Pearl? Yes, yes, yes!

How does she do it, you wonder. The simplest lesson behind her success boils down to determination and never giving up. She knows that talent is on her side, but talent would be nothing at all without the three D’s: determination, diligence, discipline. There’s another D too. That’s Denise, her mother, who’s also her chauffeur, her cheerleader, her listening ear, her light and pillar.

(368 words)


Faith Yang, Primary Four
April 2016

For more essays by Faith, visit Faith Writes.

This essay was written in response to the theme “An Amazing Achievement,” and three boxed pictures:

  • a gold medal
  • athletic legs crossing a finishing line
  • girl, hard at work at her classroom desk

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