Fifteen Student of the Year finalists were chosen from 125 candidates after seven hours of consideration by the judging panel for the South China Morning Post Student of the Year Awards. The judging panel is comprised of three school principals - Diocesan Girls' School Headmistress Stella Lau, Principal Mak Siu-ming of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Leung Kau Kui College, and Principal Norman So of Wah Yan College, Kowloon. As a second-time judge, Ms Lau was still impressed by the level of involvement by the top students, both in their studies and in extra-curricular activities. Ms Lau said she was pleased to see four of her students from Diocesan Girls' had progressed to the final. 'The students' time management is good,' Ms Lau said. She said a commitment to society and well-rounded talents were essential qualities judges were looking for. She said students should be sincere in their wish to contrib ute to the community rather than participating in social service for personal acclaim. Mr Mak said the Awards provided an opportunity for students to gain valuable knowl edge of themselves. Composing a resume and clarifying their ambitions helped students focus more clearly upon their goals. The winner will receive a $50,000 Citibank scholarship, two British Airways return tickets to London, one-year free Netvigator Broadband Internet access, and free admission to one Hong Kong Arts Centre course. Each of the four runners-up will receive a $20,000 Citibank scholarship, and one-year free Netvigator Broadband Internet access. A further seven awards will be presented to the best student linguist, sports person, programmer, musician, visual artist, dancer, and the most-improved student. The finalists are Dickson Mak Siu-ting (La Salle College), Jonathan Choi Chun-hang and Leon Ho Lai-on (Wah Yan College, Hong Kong), Vivian Tse Wai-yin (Maryknoll Convent School), Elaine Ng Pui-kei and Cora Chan Sau-wai (St Paul's Convent School), Winnie Wong Hei-yong (Heep Yunn School), Cora Tsang Ma-yuk, Angela Tsang Yuen- ting, Gina Yuen Ching-wan and Stephanie Lau Hiu-yan (Diocesan Girls' School), Tammy Poon Tim-ming (St Stephen's Girls' College), Edward Choi Kwan-ho and Andrew Lung Donald (Diocesan Boys' School), and Iu Pui- leung (St Joseph's College).