It was a wake-up call for DEEE year 2 student, Neo Yizhe, when he saw the disappointment flashed on his mother's face at his "N" level preliminary examinations. It was that look that made him resolve to change and make a difference in his life. The rest is history.
Yizhe managed to score 15 points for his GCE "N' (Academic) examinations. He then enrolled in the ITE Higher Nitec in Electrical Engineering Course via the Direct Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Progression. He recalled, "As I put on my uniform on the first day of school, I told myself that I have to work hard and achieve good grades." It was a remarkable transformation to say the least. He became a regular top achiever in ITE's College Directors' List. For his outstanding academic performance, he was awarded the ABB Book Prize 2015, the Tharman Shanmugaratnam Book Prize 2015, the Singapore Power Book Prize 2016 and the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal 2016. Yizhe also demonstrated much leadership in other aspects of his student life in ITE. As President of the Electrical Engineering Innovate Club, he led his teams to compete in technical competitions such as the Greenwave Competition 2015 and Tan Kah Kee Young Inventors' Award 2016. An all-rounder, he was also active in social and community service, organising activities for the elderly, and advocating and participating in environmental conservation activities, all of which earned him the Service Star (Gold) in 2015
He was glad that his years in ITE had, among other things, put the smile back on his mother's face, a thing which he considered as priceless.