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Ken Koo '79 & Charles Watson '09 are the recipients of The Bob Christian Alumnus/ Alumna of the Year Award 2010 



In recognition of their exemplary contribution to society and living out the ideals of the HKIS Mission Statement, The Bob Christian Alumnus/ Alumna of the Year Award 2010 was presented to Ken Koo ‘79 and Charles Watson ‘09 at the High School Annual Honors Convocation on June 1, 2010.


About the 2010 Recipients

The decision to award two recipients the Bob Christian Alumnus/Alumna of the Year Award 2010 was taken because both Ken and Charles were equally worthy candidates.

Ken Koo was cited by the Selection Committee for his dedication and commitment to HKIS over many years and as someone who “truly exemplifies our Mission and Student Learning Results.”

Ken served as Alumni Association President for six years and established the James A. Handrich Service Endowment with Desmond Chu ’91. He has donated generously to the Handrich Endowment, which furthers HKIS’ Mission and Student Learning Results, especially the SLRs of “Self Motivated Leaning” and “Contributing to Society.”

The Selection Committee cited Charles Watson as a “role model in service leadership” for spending his gap year in Nepal and Ghana to improve access to information technology in the education field. Charles’ work is making a meaningful difference to underprivileged schools in those countries. Coincidentally, Ken Koo has been so impressed with Charles’ work that he is funding his solar powered project in Nepal.

Congratulations to both of our recipients.

The Bob Christian Alumnus/ Alumna of the Year Award

The Award was established in 2006 to recall the service of Bob Christian as Head of School from 1966 to 1977 and to give recognition to the Alumnus/Alumna who has made a strong, positive contribution to HKIS, our community, and the larger Hong Kong community.

The selection criteria used is that candidates:
• Exemplify our Mission and Student Learning Results
• Contribute to the HKIS community, the local community, or the broader community

This school year the Award’s Selection Committee met reviewed in detail the merits of a number of outstanding nominees. We thank those alums and community members who nominated candidates. The high caliber of candidates was truly outstanding, and this made the selection process very difficult.

The Award’s Selection committee is comprised of HKIS Administrators, Faculty member and members of the Alumni Association Board.

Find out more about Ken Koo '79 and Charles Watson '09

Source:  DragonTales Volume 13 Summer Edition 2010