THE boys from St Joseph's College displayed intelligence to snatch the Joint School Biology Quiz championship from right under their rivals' nose recently. Questions based on knowledge of HKCEE and Advanced-level Biology were put forward before the four finalists - St Paul's College, Queen Elizabeth School, St Joseph's College and La Salle College. The participants were well-prepared and easily provided the answers, which were mainly difficult biological terms that the layman would never have heard of. After two hours of tough competition, St Joseph's College scored 460 points to take home the trophy. St Joseph's team captain Stephen Chim said they were lucky to win as the competition was stiff and they themselves had not been fully prepared. Team members Reynold Cheung and Allan So, both fifth-formers, said they had only revised their notes two days before the final. But the jubilant winners have proved themselves to be hard-working students as questions based on the A-levels had posed no difficulty to them. ''We are very interested in Biology and have already read some A-level reference books throughout the past year,'' Reynold said. It is generally acknowledged that boys achieve better results in science subjects than girls. There might be some truth to this claim as all representatives from the four finalists were boys. But Stephen disagreed, he said: ''It may be just a coincidence and many girls have attained good results in science subjects in public examinations.'' Mr Ip Chaw-wa, a judge of the contest, also suggested that maybe boys were more willing to come forward and take part in such joint school activities. Mr Ip said he was impressed by the students' knowledge considering that some contestants were only Form 5 pupils. But he said they might have performed even better if they had stayed calm during the competition. The Joint School Biology Quiz was organised by the Hongkong Secondary School Biology Association and attracted 17 schools. It was aimed at arousing students' interest in Biology and enhancing communication among secondary pupils.