Convocation 2019

McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts

Chuan sculpture

Photo: Miniature edition of the original “Chuan” sculpture created by LASALLE’s late Founder, Brother Joseph McNally

Named after LASALLE’s founder, Brother Joseph McNally, the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts is awarded to LASALLE’s most outstanding student of each year’s graduating cohort. It recognises an artist's role in society, academic excellence and significant contribution to the professional and social communities. The recipient of this award demonstrates significant promise as an emerging practitioner in his or her respective creative field.

Official Sponsor of the McNally Award for Excellence in the Arts

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Singapore Airlines

2019 Nominees

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Darius

Darius Oon

Diploma in Music

Darius is a well-rounded musician who has been involved in various indie bands such as Coming Up Roses and The New Modern Lights. Both bands are a mainstay in the Singapore indie music scene and have performed at various festivals such as Beerfest 2018, BayBeats Festival 2018 and Noise Music Mentorship 2018. On top of that, Darius is the founder of Radius, an organisation which hopes to build a community around music – where youths from all walks of life can connect over a mutual love for the local music scene. He has since organised various concerts and events featuring indie music across Southeast Asia such as the successful 'Volume' series with its inaugural edition in 2017 and a sophomore edition the following year.

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Jennifer

Jennifer Chua

BA(Hons) Animation Art

At LASALLE, Jennifer’s work consistently addresses social and environmental themes. Her work continually attempts to champion and raise awareness of lost causes, forgotten heroes and social issues. Jennifer’s student films have participation in a significant number of competitions and international film festivals. Her work has been nominated and shortlisted for awards at Melbourne Film Festival, YAIFF (Young Animator International Film Festival 2018), World Festival of Animated Film (Bulgaria), Fest Anca International (Slovakia) and DigiCon (Japan). In 2018, her level 2 film, “The Road Taken” won Best Art Direction at the Crowbars Awards 2018. Jennifer’s heart for social concerns extends also to her volunteer work outside of school. In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers with the “Willing Hearts” programme, helping prepare food for senior citizens.

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Lai Yu Tong

BA(Hons) Fine Arts

Yu Tong is a sensitive and culturally aware arts practitioner whose works respond to the conditions borne out of modern living. His artworks delve into themes of excessive consumption, banality, disorientation and exhaustion. Highly rigorous in his research methodology, his practice reflects on his experience of the everyday. In the span of his time at LASALLE, he has participated in several key exhibitions such as State of Motion (2017), Opening Day at Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre (2017), OH! Open House (2018) and Perennial Concerns at Peninsula Plaza (2018). He is a contributing writer to several online and printed art publications such as STAPLE Magazine and culturepush.com where he writes about a range of topics related to art, artists and culture.

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Melissa

Melissa Lim Xue Min

BA(Hons) Fashion Design & Textiles

Melissa’s designs go beyond mere aesthetics in their conceptualisation to reflect the individual or society in the present or in the future, bringing to light alternative perspectives and provoking realisations. As a result, her collections use fashion as a tool of communication to connect with the public. A forward thinker who is adept in communicating her designs and concepts, Melissa has had work experience with international brands such as Givenchy, Celine, Goyard, TOM FORD and Valextra to name a few. Her graduation collection that she produced was hailed as an exemplary work of high standards showcasing in a refined manner a true designer and practitioner.

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Pooja Paras Mehta

BA(Hons) Arts Management

Throughout her time in LASALLE, Pooja has demonstrated LASALLE's value of agility as she has proactively worked to broaden her learning as much as she could. Being particularly interested in how art connects with society, she was part of the organising team for TedxLASALLE – LASALLE’s first-ever Ted event – which generated much buzz and presented to a full house. With many external and internal stakeholders involved, Pooja and her team did extremely well and rose up to the challenges along the way. Pooja also sought out a variety of industry experience, including a stint with the non-profit Participate in Design which undertakes ‘participatory design’ projects to enable residents to have a voice in the design and improvement of their living environment.

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Sarah Yap Soke Kee

BA(Hons) Interior Design

Coming from a Fine Arts background, Sarah strives to merge Arts and Design together, and incorporate the two into her own unique style and quality. She believes that her training in art enables her to perceive colours, shapes and spaces in a different way, giving rise to an artistic approach towards interior design. Soke Kee’s potential to excel in the field of interior design in evident from the fact that she was talent spotted during The LASALLE Show and hired as a full time interior designer with HBA (Hirsch Bedner Associates, Singapore) under their luxury residential properties division.

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Shaina

Shaina Tan En Ling

BA(Hons) Design Communication

Mature, curious and methodical, Shaina embodies what LASALLE hopes to groom in a designer. Throughout her years at LASALLE, Shaina impressed her lecturers by how she was willing to ask difficult questions that challenged her lecturers and demonstrated a hunger for learning in class. She demonstrates a firm grasp of not just the skills necessary in specific forms of design but a critical understanding of the methods of learning, studying and practicing design that truly provides the legs necessary for a more future proofed profession. Her drive and work ethic have been so clearly evident that she was offered a job as a Healthcare service designer in Tan Tock Seng Hospital even before she left school.

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Tan Qian Yan

Diploma in Technical and Production Management

Qian Yan has always been focused on a career in stage management. Throughout her years at LASALLE, Qian Yan devoted herself to perfecting stage management skills by spending long hours on campus as well as taking part in various production work. In 2018, she took things a step further by securing a two-month work placement with the Sheffield Theatres in the UK. Qian Yan also displayed outstanding leadership skills in many of LASALLE's flagship productions such as Requiem for Change, As You Like It, Aida and Respect! The Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert which was performed as part of The LASALLE Show 2019. Qian Yan aims to earn a degree in stage management overseas and bring her skills back to Singapore.

2018 Winner

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Michelle Ler Jin Yi

BA(Hons) Musical Theatre

Born and raised in Singapore, Michelle found her passion in music and dance at a young age. She holds an ABRSM Grade 8 certificate in piano and also plays the guitar and guzheng. An accomplished dancer, she is trained in various dance forms including Chinese dance, ballet, Broadway jazz, tap, contemporary and hip hop.

Michelle’s LASALLE credits include: Maggie Winslow in A Chorus Line, Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Hope Cladwell in her graduation musical Urinetown. With her talent and versatility catching the attention of industry professionals, Michelle was invited to play 1st Keyboard in The Great Wall: One Woman’s Journey while still in her second year. In January 2019, she will join the Australian touring production of Grease—The Arena Experience as assistant to the Musical Director for a show with over 1,000 performers. Michelle aspires to promote Musical Theatre in Singapore, and to encourage more people to pursue their passion in theatre.

PAST WINNERS

2017

Lim Jun Rong Jerome

BA(Hons) Fashion Media & Industries

2016

Nicholas Sanjay Zavior

BA(Hons) Music

2015

Millicent Wong Tseng Wye

Diploma in Performance

2014

Thais Claude Mathilde Breton

BA(Hons) Film, First Class Honours

2013

Shamine Athena King

BA(Hons) Animation Art, First Class Honours

2012

Yuen Wen Han Marcus

BA(Hons) Design Communication, First Class Honours

2011

Chong Weixin

BA(Hons) Fine Arts, First Class Honours

Sid Lim Xian Hao

BA(Hons) Design Communication, Second Class (1st Division)

2010

Foong Hao Kai Aloysius

BA(Hons) Music (Classical Performance), First Class Honours

2009

Tan Tuan Hao

Diploma in Music

2008

Boo Junfeng

BA(Hons) Film, First Class Honours

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