Although the future of Hong Kong is uncertain, two students from St Paul's Co-educational College, who scored nine As in this year's HKCEE, are determined to make an effort to better the territory's prospects. Darwin Lam Tat-wai scored A(1)s in English Language (Syllabus B), French, Geography, Religious Studies, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics, A(2) in Biology and B(3) in Chinese Language. Classmate Kenneth Wong Chun-wai obtained A(1)s in Chinese Language, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Additional Mathematics and A(2)s in English Language (Syllabus B), Religious Studies and Physics. Darwin, who will continue his sixth form studies at the school, said he might go to university in the United States and work in Hong Kong after graduation. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Darwin has a strong sense of belonging towards his home town. He hopes to work in the commercial or trading industry after finishing his studies. 'I'm not worried about 1997 as the Chinese Government has promised that there will be no major changes within the first 50 years. In fact, I am confident that Hong Kong will remain stable after the changeover,' he said. Darwin said he would either study Accounting or Economics at university. 'Tertiary education in the US is better than in Hong Kong because the technology is more advanced. I think I'll learn more if I go there.' Kenneth, who did not expect to do so well, particularly in Chinese and Religious Studies, will continue his studies in Britain. He will take Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Chinese Language and hopes to improve his English while studying there. 'Like Darwin, I plan to come back after I get a degree. If I become an engineer, I will be able to contribute to the development of telecommunications,' Kenneth said. He added that getting involved in politics, even on a part-time basis, would be a good way to contribute to society. However, Kenneth said he was aware of the uncertainty surrounding freedom of speech after 1997 and the problem of corruption in China. The other student who won top honours at St Paul's Co-educational College with nine As is Wong Ben who scored straight A(1)s in Chinese Language, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics and A(2)s in English Language (Syllabus B), Geography, Religious Studies, Biology and Additional Mathematics. Ben was in the same class as Darwin and Kenneth. Although they did not study alongside each other before the HKCEE, they often played computer games together. Ben will be continuing Form Six at St Paul's.