Taking part in extra-curricular activities was as important as academic results, the top scholar at St Mary's Canossian College said. Candy Wong Ho-yan, 17, scored nine As in the HKCEE. She got A(1)s in English Language, Biology, Mathematics, Additional Mathematics and Principal of Accounts, A(2)s in Chinese Language, Economics, Chemistry and Physics and a B(3) in Religious Studies. Her ambition to become a doctor was strengthened by taking part in a summer youth forum on medicine in Washington, United States. 'My interest in medicine has been strengthened and I hope I can study medicine in Hong Kong and serve the community in the future.' Ho-yan joined the English debating club, school choir, Hong Kong Outstanding Student Association, the Hong Kong Award for Young People and the House of High Achievers. She also played the piano, guitar and practised taekwondo. 'Study is always my first priority. But I never think of giving up any activities. 'Common sense is as important as knowledge. One cannot live in an ivory tower; one has to keep one's eyes open to the world.' Better time management was her tip for success. 'I didn't work out any timetable, but I had a schedule in my mind,' she said. 'Paying attention in class is more important than doing revision repeatedly. 'I study a bit earlier and let my mind relax during the week of the exam. Being nervous doesn't help your performance.' Ho-yan said she took a rest or played the piano to refresh her mind.