Two outstanding Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) candidates attribute their success to their all-round education. Diocesan Boys' School students Donald Andrew Lung and Cheng Siu-fun, both 17, scored nine As in this year's exam. Donald said his success was due to his active participation in extra-curricular activities. 'Study alone is boring. Taking part in extra-curricular activities helps to ease the stress. Besides, there is plenty to learn beyond textbooks,' he said. Donald obtained A(1)s in Chinese Language, English Language, Economics, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Studies, A(2)s in Biology, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics and aB(3) in Religious Studies. The Canadian-born student was vice-chairman of the Chinese history society, a Boy Scout instructor, and a member of the English debating team, school choir and Chinese orchestra. 'It is not a problem even if I have to stay late after school for the activities. It will not affect your studies as long as you can strike a balance between study and relaxation and set a good timetable,' he said. When Donald encountered difficulties, he talked to his friends. 'Friends are very important in my life,' he said. He spent the night before the release of the HKCEE results with his friends. 'Results are not our main concern. We are worried that we will not be in the same class and might not be able to maintain our friendship,' he said. Donald hopes to study medi cine at university, preferably abroad. Siu-fun scored A(1)s in Chinese Language, Chinese History, Economics, Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics and a B(3) in English Language. He did a lot of revision and exercises in preparation for the HKCEE. 'Even though the questions are not the same every year, it helps to be familiar with the for mat and the way of answering questions,' he said. Concentration was the secret of his success. 'It's more helpful to concentrate in class rather than study at home for 10 hours,' Siu-fun said. 'I'd rather listen to music or play computer games and relax at home.' Siu-fun was chairman of his school's Publication Department and vice-chairman of the arts society. 'I love joining extra-curricu lar activities. They can help me acquire inter-personal skills, team spirit, and leadership, time management and organisational skills,' he said. Siu-fun wants to study engineering at university. 'I would like to thank every teacher at the school. They have been very friendly, supportive and willing to listen to us. With their encouragement, students can achieve an all-round education instead of becoming bookworms,' he said.