Students from Ho Lap College (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen) scooped first prize at the Hong Kong Inter-School Scrabble Championships for the second year running last week. The competition attracted 60 secondary schools and after a series of challenges, Steven Tsui Kwai-kwan, 14, Jupiter Hui Hung-tat, 14, Brenda Lau Lai-pui, 14, and Alvin So Yu-ching, 13, emerged triumphant. The competition, organised by Mattel and Broadlearning Education (Asia) Limited, aimed to give the students an opportunity to compete in a mind-sharpening environment while learning new English words. Steven Tsui Kwai-kwan also won the title of Scrabble Master. He achieved the highest score in a single game with 523 points, and came up with the two highest scoring words of the tournament with 'Shiners' and 'golfs' - each worth 89 points. 'I've been learning Scrabble for just one year,' said Steven. 'It gives me an incentive to work harder to learn more English. I often read English books and watch English TV programmes with subtitles. I feel very happy when I can use the new words I've learned in a game.' Steven is a member of the school Scrabble club. He often plays with other members during lunch hour and at break times. He also plays Literati at home, an online Yahoo! game similar to Scrabble. According to Alvin, Scrabble is not just about being good at English. 'The way you put down the letters can also be very skilful,' he said. 'There are some squares with especially high marks. We try to score on these while blocking rivals. The team's teacher, Mr Fok Yee-man, said Scrabble was a more interesting way for the students to learn English. He said parents would also be keen for their children to play Scrabble rather then spending their time playing electronic games. STFA Tam Pak Yu College and St Rose of Lima's College were the runners-up.