OUTSTANDING students from the New Territories are joining forces to serve the community. The first organisation representing the students - the New Territories Region Outstanding Students' Association - will be formed later this summer to work on some social service projects. Its members will include pupils who are winners of the New Territories' Region Outstanding Selection, organised by the Yuen Long Jaycees in the past five years. An organising committee, formed by winners of last year, is busy drafting the constitution before the association is formally set up in August. Committee member Cheng Sze-chung said the association would definitely boost student interest in taking up voluntary services. ''There is this belief that students in the urban area are academically better and more active than those in the New Territories. ''And now we are going to prove that pupils from the New Territories are just as good if given the opportunity,'' said the Form 7 pupil of the NT Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School. Another member, Lam Pui-fung of Shung Tak Catholic English College, said activities like visits to homes for the elderly and other large-scale projects to help the needy will be organised to encourage more teenagers to join. Mr Steven Lee Man-sun, president of the Yuen Long Jaycees which is helping to organise the association, said pupils in the different districts would get closer through joining the activities. ''Students can broaden their horizons and learn from each other on how to organise activities,'' said Mr Lee. Meanwhile this year's New Territories Region Outstanding Students' Selection is open for nomination. The contest aims to encourage students to strive for a balanced development of personality. Civic knowledge and social awareness will be equally as important as academic achievement in the selection. All Forms 4 to 7 students in the New Territories are eligible to participate. They must be nominated by their principals or teachers, regional or district board members. Participants are required to write a project proposal, or a short essay of about 1,000 words in either Chinese or English. The topics include a project proposal on how to improve the well-being of children in China; the most effective way of learning for the individual; and a proposal to the Government on three things each participant would like to improve in the district they are living. Interviews will be held in July to select the finalists. Each of them will be awarded a certificate. The final six winners and their schools will each be awarded a trophy and $2,000 in book vouchers. They will also be selected as delegates of a cultural exchange programme to Guangzhou in July and Taiwan in August. The closing date is June 15.