Ten students and representatives from 20 secondary schools were presented with awards at the Hong Kong Secondary Students' Top Ten News Headlines Election and the Comics Drawing and News Narration Contest held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event was jointly organised by the Hok Yau Club, the Hong Kong New Generation Cultural Association, the Federation of New Territories Youth and the Hong Kong Students Press Group with support from the Committee on the Promotion of Civic Education. It aimed to raise students' interest in current affairs and to encourage them to express their opinion about public issues. Among the special guests were Tso Kai-lok, chairman of the promotion and monitoring sub-committee of the Quality Education Fund. 'Over the years there has been a lack of channels for teenagers to express their view on social issues. The annual Top Ten News Headlines Election is a good opportunity for them to share their opinions on various public issues with the rest of society,' Mr Tso said. The top news story of the year was also announced. Students and teachers from 46 secondary schools voted for their favourite news item in September. The poll picked the top 30 stories, from which the top 10 were selected in December. A total of 191 secondary schools took part in the final poll and more than 110,000 students cast their votes. This year saw a record-breaking 1,460 group and individual entries for the Comics Drawing and News Narration Contest - 958 were written articles and were 502 caricatures. The jury, made up of veteran journalists and cartoonists, took a week to choose the winner. Tsoi Si-wing, a seventh form science student from Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School, was the champion in the News Narration Contest. In her prize-winning article she examined the pros and cons of the proposed English-language benchmark test and made a number of suggestions to break the deadlock between teachers and the Government.