Yew Chung International School pupil Elmy Lung Wai-yue clinched this year's South China Morning Post Student of the Year Award yesterday. The winner was selected by a three-member panel after a 25-minute open discussion on the topic, 'A Defining Moment in Hong Kong's History', and an interview at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. One of the judges, Permanent Secretary for Education and Manpower Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun said: '[The six finalists] are all terrific, they are a group of young people with broad perspectives and a very impressive track record in academic and non-academic achievements. 'I genuinely speak from the heart when I say that the best students of today are better than those in my generation.' Ms Lung, a year-12 student, was thrilled to be the winner. The 18-year-old said: 'Each of the finalists is very outstanding and well-rounded. And we're all very united and encouraged and supported each other in the competition, which is really great.' The South China Morning Post's Group Editor-in-Chief, David Armstrong, and the managing director of New World First Bus Services, Adolf H. Hsu, were also members of the judging panel. Chiu Kwun-sau, 17, of Queen's College, Donald Wong Ho-lun, 18, of St Paul's Co-educational College, and Kay Seto King-lune, 18, of Li Po Chun United World College, were picked as the runners-up.