Eleven teenagers who overcame personal setbacks to become outstanding students have won awards for their achievement. The 11 received a standing ovation at the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Award ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The awards, for strides made in personal development, academic studies, social services and extra-curricular activities, were organised by the Lion & Globe Educational Trust and Outstanding Young Person's Association. Selected from 300 candidates, the 11 had all experienced problems which they overcame. Some grew up in a single-parent family, while others were new mainland arrivals or those who had faced sudden financial difficulties. Leung Ho-yee, 17, a fifth-former at Sacred Heart Canossian College, hit rock-bottom at school when her father's vegetable business shut down in 1993 and the family fell on hard times. Ho-yee has bounced back and now volunteers to help the elderly. 'I want to thank my family for cheering me up,' she said. 'I could not have coped at school without their support. 'During those dark times I realised the importance of sticking together.' Ho-yee said her experience taught her about the power of love. 'Love is what binds us together. 'Knowing this, I was able to forget my problems and serve others. 'I've learned not to give up and to look at things in a positive light. I've also learned to appreciate those who are important to me.' Hui Ying-kei, 18, in Form Three at True Light Middle School of Hong Kong, was crippled by financial and language problems when she first came from Fujian in 1991. Ying-kei did a part-time job for a few years, making time to learn Cantonese and English. Her efforts paid off and she now ranks second among 156 students. She also acts as a health ambassador at her school. 'I hated being in Hong Kong at first,' Ying-kei said. 'People used to laugh at my accent and I did not have any friends. 'I still need to do my part-time job, but I am happy because I have made true friends. 'This award is a great incentive for me to continue to press ahead.' Other recipients were: Holly Ming-ho, Chan Ho-yan, Chan Lin, Hui Ka-chuen, Wong Ka-yi, Cerin Yip Nga-ting, Lung Vincent, Tam Kwan-wai and Perry So Pak-hin. Hung Chiu-yee, vice-chairman of the trust, said the awards were in recognition of the students' efforts. 'They have set a positive example for our youth parents, and society,' Ms Hung said. 'I hope they will continue to contribute to Hong Kong in the future.'