GRADUATES of the YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College were told to realise their potential, strive for excellence and live a full life at the school's 21st speech day held recently. Speaking at the ceremony was Dr Michael Chiu, the assistant director of the Environmental Protection Department. 'Once your potential is fully developed, you need not live in accordance with other people's views, nor should their applause direct your life,' Dr Chiu said. Head prefect Yuen Yiu-keung shared Dr Chiu's opinion. 'During my years in this school, I have learnt to set a clear target and try my best in everything I do - school work and extra-curricular activities alike - trusting that this is the proper way to develop my potential.' This positive attitude helped win Yiu-keung eight As in the 1995 HKCEE, which came as a surprise but certainly pleased him very much. He attributed his success to his positive attitude towards work and life. Cheng King-wai, a Form Seven graduate who scored three As and one B in the A-Levels, said: 'To strive for excellence is the only way to realise our potential, and it should be our motto in life.' 'The right attitude is certainly the key to success,' agreed Chung Chi-wing, another Form Five graduate who scored six As and two Bs in the HKCEE. 'At school, we are always reminded of the importance of striving for excellence by our teachers'. Yet the urge to excel does not necessarily generate harsh competition among students. 'Our teachers emphasise the importance of not only hard work but also co-operation and mutual support among schoolmates,' said Chow Cheuk-ying, another Form Five graduate who scored four As and three Bs in the HKCEE. The ceremony was officiated by Mrs Vivian Sung, the chairman of the School Council, while souvenirs were presented by Mrs Daisy Li, the school supervisor, to staff for their long years of service to the school. Scholarships and various awards were given away by Mr T. K. Au, Senior Education Officer, Kowloon City.