2017 Harvard Prize Book Awards at Junten High School


Recently, I presented the Harvard Prize Book at Junten High School’s Award Ceremony.

最近、私は授賞者として、順天高校の授与式で2017年度のHarvard Prize Bookを授与しました。

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About the Harvard Prize Book

Harvard Prize Books are awarded to outstanding students in the next-to-graduating high school class who display excellence in scholarship and high character, combined with achievement in other fields. Harvard Prize Books are presented annually in nearly 2,000 high schools around the world. In Japan, about 20 schools participate in the program. Prize Books are an important way for Harvard Clubs and Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) to help attract the attention of talented young students to the opportunities at Harvard College and studying liberal arts.

Junten High School has been awarding Harvard Prize Books annually since 2014. This year, there were many contenders for the Prize. The final winner selected was Mr. Takeru Ohmura (大村武尊), who has demonstrated great persistence and determination in pursuing his passion for studying hospitality.


Harvard Prize Bookは、高等部2年生の優秀生徒のうち、特にリーダーシップがあり国際的視野を持ち海外進学も考えている生徒1名に、Harvard Club Japan(ハーバード大学同窓会の日本支部)から本が送られるという行事です。毎年全世界2000校ほどで実施されていますが、日本での実施は20校に満たない数です。順天高校では2014年度から実施していて今回は4人目の受賞者を選出しました。今年の受賞者は大村武尊君です。

Winner of 2017 Harvard Prize Book: Mr. Takeru Ohmura

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Presenting the 2017 Harvard Prize Book to Mr. Takeru Ohmura!

Mr. Takeru Ohmura (大村武尊) is the Winner of Harvard Prize Book 2017 at Junten High School

Congratulations Mr. Takeru Ohmura for his excellent achievement! It was an honor to present him with the Harvard Prize Books and learn about all of his ambitions. At such a young age, Mr. Omura has already had the experience of studying hospitality over his summer breaks in the UK and Switzerland. Although he had applied for the prestigious Tobitate Japan study abroad program sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), he was regrettably not accepted. However, rather than letting this outcome discourage him, Mr. Omura managed to turn the experience around by being even more motivated to pursue self-study and achieve the same exposure. I truly wish him all the best and that he can achieve his dream of studying hospitality management at the Glion Institute of Higher Education.


My Speech to the Students: The Appeal of Liberal Arts

To conclude the Harvard Prize Book Award Ceremony, I addressed the high school student body and gave a short speech sharing my views on the importance of being globally minded and how a liberal arts education can provide important and life-changing opportunities. (I have also spoken and written on this in a previous blog post on “The Appeal of Liberal Arts リベラルアーツの魅力”) I hope that more students will be encouraged to go abroad and widen their horizons.

Harvard Prize Bookの授賞式を締結するために、私は高校生たちと、グローバルマインドを持つことの重要性とリベラルアーツ教育が重要かつ人生を変える機会を得る方法について、自分の見解を提供しました。 (このトッピクについて、前のブログ「リベラルアーツリベラルアーツの魅力



After the Award Ceremony, I also had a discussion session with the winner and two runner-ups for the Harvard Prize Book. The other top contenders for the prize included a girl who studied abroad in Australia and is keen on pursuing politics and diplomacy, as well as another boy who discovered his passion for literature and writing after spending time living abroad. We spoke about their dreams and aspirations, and I once again emphasized the importance of a global education and encouraged them to actively learn and pursue their goals.



Interviewed on Mentorship Activities

Related, I was honored to be interviewed and featured by the Overseas Singaporean Unit on their official media in an article on “Giving Back Through Mentorship” and “Contributing from Afar: Rachel Leng”! The OSU in the Prime Minister’s Office is part of the Government of Singapore’s efforts to engage its citizens overseas (under the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth). 

それに関連して、Overseas Singaporean Unitというシンガポール政府の文化省、青少年省から取材を受けて、政府公認メディアに「メンタリングを通して社会に還元する」や「リン・レイチェル:海外から貢献する」についてニュースレターに掲載されました!首相官邸のOSU(文化省、青少年省)は、シンガポール政府が海外の市民に対して従事する努力の一環です。

To date, I have mentored students and young professionals in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States (U.S.) in areas ranging from leadership to global careers.

For me, mentoring is a way for me to come full circle, from starting out as a college student at Duke University, to my various appointments around the globe. Such experiences have given me unique insight into how my life has been shaped by them.

As I reflected on my own experiences, I became increasingly passionate about ‘paying it forward’ as a mentor. It can be difficult for anyone to build experience and enhance their potential without knowing about available opportunities or how to access them. Mentoring is therefore an effective way to offer opportunities, information, insight and resources to others who could benefit from them. I hope to continue and improve on this for years to come!




自分の経験を鑑みて、メンターとして「前進する」ことにますます情熱を感じました。 利用可能な機会や方法について知らなくても、誰でも経験を積み重ねて潜在力を高めることは難しいですよね。 したがって、メンタリングは、恩恵を受ける可能性のある他の人に機会、情報、気付きおよびリソースを提供する効果的な方法です。これからも邁進してまいりますので、宜しくお願い致します!

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About Rachel

Rachel Leng is COO and Co-Founder of SeiRogai, Inc., a Tokyo-based business consultancy & media production company. Previously, she was Leader of Business Development on the Investment Management team at a Japanese private equity fund, as well as Policy Analyst at a top think tank in Seoul, South Korea.

As an East Asia specialist and former Miss Singapore titleholder, Rachel is passionate about the potential of media to educate and raise awareness about history, culture, art, business, and societal issues to enhance mutual understanding.

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