Mum, grandma keep her going

Charmaine Chee, 16, Pasir Ris Secondary School

Inspiration: Her mother for never complaining despite working long hours, and her grandmother for her interest in learning despite being in her 70s.

The only child lives with her divorcee mother and grandmother.

Despite being from a single parent home, Charmaine never felt she lacked anything.

She said: "My mother works long hours as a secretary, sometimes returning home close to midnight.

"But she never complains. Instead, she encourages me to do my best. I think encouraging words can be powerful."

The Infocomm Club member added: "My grandmother is an inspiring figure. She is in her 70s but is always interested to learn.

"She owns a Xiaomi mobile phone, but also knows how to operate a Samsung phone and an iPhone."

Charmaine, who declined to reveal her N-level scores, plans to continue to Secondary 5 and enrol in a mass communications course.