Liu Po Shan Memorial College has won the first ever Museum Cup competition by scoring the highest marks. The cup recognised the school's outstanding performance and enthusiastic participation in the Encouragement for Wide Participation Project. The project was launched to complement the exhibition Rise of Modern China: A Century of Self-Determination, organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History. The Museum Cup competition consisted of five parts: display board production, historical drama production, Cantonese radio play, essay writing and a quiz. A group of students from the college obtained brilliant results at the essay writing and quiz competitions. Tsoi Chong-sau and Chan Kam-hung won the second and third prize in the essay writing competitions. The two also teamed up with Chow Man-kong and Yiu Chi-wai and won the second prize in the quiz competition. Kam-hung, 17, a Chinese history enthusiast, loves investigating contemporary Chinese history and the rise of modern China. Kam-hung said when looking back on events in history, he felt deeply about the Nanjing Massacre and the Cultural Revolution. 'The Cultural Revolution gave shape to the development of modern China and the Nanjing Massacre illustrated widespread Japanese militarism in China,' he said. Fifth-former Chong-sau, 19, said he felt sad about China's past and he hoped the Chinese would learn from history in order to make progress. Chong-sau advised students to 'study history as if reading about stories in the past'. 'Previously, I found studying history boring because I was forced to memorise facts without understanding the meaning behind them. 'However, after visiting the exhibition, I found I was wrong. Reading history needs analysis and your own perspective,' Chong-sau said. Chinese history teacher Lam Kwok-shan praised students' brilliant performance in the competition. Ms Lam said: 'Many of them took the initiative in joining the competition and they did more research and went through Chinese history books to prepare for the competitions.' Principal Chung Kwok-pui said students had always performed outstandingly at extra- curricular activities. 'The competition is good for Hong Kong students because it enables them to understand their country and learn from history,' he said. Deputy Director of Leisure and Cultural Services Choi Suk- kuen said the competitions aimed to promote secondary students' interest in and understanding of Chinese history. The three secondary schools which had scored the highest points received Museum Cups. A record of 381 schools participated in the competition.