Honours Day 2016 – Richard Egerton for Brandon Jones Gunaman
There is always a top student, in every class and in every year at Stamford, and to be top student is always an impressive achievement.
But while every class has a top student, there is only one Brandon Jones Gunaman. His academic achievements at Stamford have been truly incredible and in that respect he really is one of a kind.
When he was in Secondary 1, he was the second student in the school’s history to be offered an advancement from Secondary 1 straight to Secondary 3, on the basis of his excellent academic performance.
The following year, despite having missed an important year’s study, he went on to be Secondary 3’s top student, coming first in English as a Second Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Business Studies and Economics: that was every single subject he studied for which an award was given.
From that point on he has gone from strength to strength. He got the school’s best ever IGCSE results in Secondary 4, achieving 10 A*s and 1 A.Last year in Junior College 1, he got our best ever AS Level results: 4 As. Most impressively, he was awarded the prestigious title of “Best in Indonesia across 4 AS levels” by Cambridge International Examinations.
What has been the key to Brandon’s amazing academic success? Well for a start he clearly isn’t short of brain cells. But that is not all. He has achieved what he has achieved, through drive, determination and hard work as much as through raw talent.
However well Brandon does, he always strives to do even better. However well he understands something, he seeks for an even deeper understanding. And however much he knows he always seeks to know more. In this respect he is an inspiration to us all.