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Heartfelt story takes top gong

March 18,2014

The Junior Writers Awards 2014 winners and judges.

Writer's tale of cousin's cancer battle woos Writers Awards judges

By Joyee Chan

A 13-year-old's inspirational story of his late cousin's battle with cancer won the top prize at the Junior Writers Awards 2014 ceremony on Sunday.

Yeung Lok-chi was named Greatest Pen and came first in the junior category for students aged 11 to 13.

Entrants were asked to address the question: "What is my role in society?"

In his entry, Lok-chi, from International Christian School, said he would follow the example of his late cousin. Hardworking student Freddie Ng Ting-fat died from cancer aged 22. Lok-chi said Freddie would inspire him to "never give up until it's over".

Cherry Tse, Permanent Secretary for Education, and Yeung Lok-chi.

The newly established annual competition attracted more than 1,000 submissions from secondary school students in Hong Kong and Macau. It was jointly organised by Norton House Global Education Initiative, Senate House Education, Upper House Academy and Young Post.

Reo Shoshi, of French International School, came first in the advanced category. He wrote about the discovery of the New World in the 15th century, and his longing to travel back in time to experience that era.

Meanwhile, a piece by Serena Chan, of St Paul's Co-educational College, on the importance of the rule of law for teenagers, won first prize in the intermediate category.

Learn more about Lok-chi and his writing tips or read his essay

Read Reo's essay

Read Serena's essay

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