[UPDATE: 11:37, July 15]
There are two top scorers in HKUGA College: Melody Tam Lok-man, 18, and James Kwok Chun-kan, 17.
“I think the DSE system can be a little freer, in terms of subject choices,” said Melody. “The system is a bit stressful; it would be better if extra-curricular activities could be counted as points.” She plans on studying pharmacy at HKU or CUHK.
James plans on studying pharmacy in UCL in London, or Medicine in CUHK or HKU.
[UPDATE: 11:31, July 15]
A 15-year-old La Salle College student, Wong Chak-kui, received four 5**, a 5* in English, and a 5 in Chinese and Liberal Studies. He skipped two grades in Creative Primary School, but he doesn’t particularly encourage people to skip grades, “only if you feel [school] is a waste of time.” He adds that it was his parents that requested him to skip grades, not him.
[UPDATE: 11:23, July 15]
Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School also has top scorer, Chung Yik, 18. He has
seven 5** and a 5* in Liberal Studies, but he plans on appealing his LS because he thinks his handwriting affected his grade.
"I was surprised when I got the grades, shocked more than happy. I'm really happy my hard work paid off"
His mother said that he achieved the second highest scores in the whole grade in Primary One and has always been the first since.
He wants to study government and laws at HKU because there are many issues in society that need dealt with, and politics and law is one way to tackle these. When asked about his thoughts on the Occupy Central protests, he said “the meaning of law is to maintain justice, so we should just identify the protests as illegal but should look into why, why people would protest Visited Occupy sites twice and donated water. "Occupy has a great impact on HK society and as a teenager, I think it's a responsibility to take on"
[UPDATE: 11:12, July 15]
There are two top scorers (seven 5**) at St. Mary's Canossian College, Wong Chu-yiu, 17, and Vienna Chin Hoi Yin, 18.
“My parents often ask me to rest and take a break from studying,” said Vienna. “Rest is very important...I might only do two past papers a day...one in the morning, then take a break and do one in the afternoon"
Chu-yiu also credits her parents for mental support. "My family don't watch over all my homework or studying...they provide mental support,” she said. “"Talent is not worth a penny, putting effort into studying is the most important."
[UPDATE: 11:07, July 15]
17-year-old St. Paul’s School (Lam Tin) student Stephanie Wong Hoi-sheun got seven 5**, without having to attend after school tutorial. “I buy myself study guides and exercise books and study at home by myself. I didn’t really think there was a need to go to tutorial centres,” she said. “I went to a tutorial centre to get help for Chinese and physics during the summer, but in the end, I felt that it was more effective studying alone.”
[UPDATE: 10:44, July 15]
Ko Tsz-ngok, 17, of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College in Tuen Mun plans on studying medicine at HKU. "I get a sense of fulfilment when I'm helping others,” he said. He chose HKU simply because “it’s the most open and international university [in Hong Kong]” and has a reputable medical programme.
Though he’s always been the top student at his school, he was “very surprised” about his results because he wasn’t confident with some subjects, especially Chinese and Liberal Studies.
He doesn’t want to ask his friends about their grades because he got the top score, so he’ll wait for them to ask him first.
[UPDATE: 10:40, July 15]
Lau Hing-ching, 17, head prefect at Diocesan Girls’ School, who got seven 5**, plans to study medicine at HKU. “I think medicine is an enriching career and is quite rigorous,” she said. “Also, after graduating from HKU, you can get a job almost immediately.” She also emphasized on extra-curricular activities. “They are important as they balance your life and get your mind off studying,” she said.
[UPDATE: 10:35, July 15]
Another eight 5** scorer is Chan Lok-pong, 17, of King’s College. He plans on studying medicine in Hong Kong or natural science abroad. “It is a struggle between a once in a life chance and what I want to do,” he said. He credits his scores to his discipline. “You need to monitor yourself. You shouldn’t let yourself do what you like,” he said. “You need to do what you need to do.”
11 pupils - six boys and five girls - achieved top scores in seven subjects in this year's Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education examinations (HKDSE). They are among 74,131 candidates who will get their results today
Last year, there were 12 top scorers.
The candidates include 61,136 secondary school pupils and 11,932 independent candidates, including those repeating the exams or taking them at an earlier age. The youngest candidate was just 12 whilst the eldest was 65.
The 11 top-performers came from eight secondary schools located on Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories.
The eight schools are Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College in Tuen Mun; Hong Kong Taoist Association Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School in Sheung Shui; St. Paul's School in Lam Tin, HKUGA College in Wong Chuk Hang; Queen's College in Causeway Bay; St. Mary's Canossian College in Tsim Sha Tsui; King's College in Sheung Wan and Diocesan Girls' School in Jordan, according to a source familiar with the information.
Ten out of the 11 top-scorers achieved 5** - the highest score - in seven subjects belonging to the senior secondary subjects category. The remaining candidate achieved 5** in six subjects in the category and A in one subject in the other language subjects category. A is the highest score achievable in this category.
One of the top scorers is 18-year-old Queen’s College student Lam Mei-tuen who has took 9 subjects and scored eight 5** and a 5* in music. Mei-tuen plans on studying medicine at either HKU or CUHK. When asked about his studying tips, he said he goes by the Latin phrase ‘labor omnia vincit’, which means ‘work conquers all’.