ALTHOUGH Ruby Tsang Pui-yun, 17, sometimes feel pressured by her heavy workload and the public examinations, she has never thought of committing suicide because she thinks that ''ending life means killing the opportunities to success''. The sixth-former from Maryknoll Convent School has won this year's Charles Frankland Moore Award with her outstanding performance in the Hongkong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE). She was the best student among the five 10-A holders in last year's HKCEE, excelling in Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Additional Mathematics, Computer Studies, Religious Studies and French. Becoming the top student was not easy. It took a lot of hard work. Ruby has always been an outstanding student in her school, receiving class awards every year since she was in Form 2. The heavy workload fails to beat her. Unlike some students who might turn to suicide when under great pressure, Ruby chooses to take a positive attitude. ''Never have I thought of committing suicide. Suicide cannot solve problems. It puts an end to your life and to opportunities. Once you die, you will never be able to try again or do better. You will be a loser forever. People will remember you as a loser,'' she said. ''So why don't we give ourselves another chance? We can only overcome our difficulties if we are alive. Who knows? We might become a winner some day.'' There has been five cases of student suicide since the beginning of the year and 14 since last September. It is a big increase compared with 21 in the 1991-92 school year, three in the 1990-91 year, and one in the 1989-90 year. The Maryknoller advises students to talk to their parents when they have problems. ''My family is very open and my parents encourage me and my younger sister to talk to them when we have problems,'' she said. ''Parents can be good listeners and advisers.'' Ruby received $5,000 and a certificate for her award. The Charles Frankland Moore Award scheme, organised by the Hongkong Sino-British Fellowship Trust Scholars' Association, is in its 11th year. It was nearly 40 years ago when the association first sponsored scholars from Hongkong for academic and professional studies at postgraduate level in the United Kingdom. Also sponsored by the association, the Elizabeth Frankland Moore Award was given to Miss Lau Oi-king and Mrs Grace Yung Tsang Sun-may for their performance in an in-service training course on special education offered by Sir Robert Black College of Education. Both winners have been working in special schools and will continue working in the field. ''I have been working in schools for mentally handicapped students for five years now. I like teaching mentally handicapped students because they are frank and friendly,'' Ms Lau said.