Self-confidence and poise helped Ng Tsz-ying beat primary scholars from 19 districts to win the Little Linguist title. The self-assured 11-year-old from Sha Tin said she kept her cool during the contest which aimed at fostering creativity and language use among Primary Five and Six pupils. Organised by the Hong Kong Council of Early Childhood Education and Services and Lions International West Kowloon, the competition required entrants to write a piece in Chinese, sing a song in English, and stand up before a panel and answer a question in Cantonese. After singing Singapura for the judges, the Primary Six pupil from SKH Holy Spirit Primary School, expressed her feelings on the topic 'To Treasure Friendship'. She also did well in the written section on 'SAR and Me', according to the judges. 'No person can live alone,' Tsz- ying said. 'Friends give us support and comfort when we need it. 'Moreover, they also share our happiness and sadness. 'I hope I will be able to stay friends with my schoolmates even though we will be entering different schools in a few months' time,' Tsz- ying added. Lions International spokesman and one of the judges Dr Hui Kin- sang, said they had a tough time picking the winner. 'They were all winners in their districts and all of them had very strong linguistic skills. 'The spontaneous question tested their sense of logic, creativity and thinking.' Dr Hui said through the topic 'SAR and Me', the organisers hoped to get the youngsters thinking deeply about Hong Kong's relationship with the mainland. The second prize went to Li Yuen- yee, a Primary Six pupil at Tai Po Old Market Primary School. The 12-year-old sang I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and spoke on the topic 'Joy of Reading'. Yuen-yee said she did not feel nervous at all on stage. 'I love reading very much, particularly novels. 'I was only sharing my experience on stage.' The third place went to Wong Sum-sum, a 10-year-old Primary Five pupil at St Clement's Primary School in Shamshuipo. 'The winner was a good singer; the second-prize winner was strong in answering the spontaneous question, while the third-prize winner had a lovely stage manner,' Dr Hui said.