Student leader wins recognition
By CLIFFORD LO
POLLY Leung Pui-ling of Sacred Heart Canossian College has every reason to be proud of herself: the months of hard work as chairperson of the newly-established Hongkong Union for Young Leaders has brought her honour and recognition and made her more mature.
At the recent closing ceremony of the Hongkong Youth Leadership Seminar, Polly broke into tears as she talked about her experience and what she had learned.
She revealed that her family disapproved of her spending time on the new union as they wanted her to concentrate on her studies. ''They believed that I would devote too much time on union activities and my academic work would take a back seat.'' However, they soon noticed how union work has made her more mature, and praised her for her effort and achievements.
''At first, I wasn't confident that I would make it. I thought of quitting once when there were not enough helpers; I had not expected such a heavy work load,'' she told Young Post.
The arts student also thanked executive committee members for their support. ''I have met many good friends, widened my horizon, improved my interpersonal communication skills, and learned a lot.'' The new Hongkong Union for Young Leaders, established last October, seeks to develop the leadership potential of students.
''The union is now thinking of publishing a newsletter to promote its activities,'' Polly said.
The Hongkong Youth Leadership Seminar, which was one of its main activities, was held at Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village from April 13 to 15.
The event featured talks, presentations and service projects, attracting more than 40 students.
Six people were chosen, based on the participants' overall performance in the camp, to attend a final selection later this month. Two winners will be selected to represent Hongkong at the 35th HOBY World Leadership Congress to be held in the United States this summer.
The six finalists are Isaac Vun Yu-seng (Diocesan Boys' School), Josephine Tjia Luk-ying (Sacred Heart Canossian College), James Tam Chor-kiu and Ryan Law Wing-cheung (Kings' College), Carol Li Kai-ang (Holy Family Canossian College) and Tsang Fung-yi (Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial School).
Yu-seng, a science student, attributed his success to his outgoing attitude. ''At the camp, I took the initiative to make friends with everyone,'' he said.
Meanwhile. fourth-former Wing-cheung said: ''This was the best camping in my life.''