A 15-year-old student has won third prize in an international French writing contest with a short story about a Renaissance masterpiece. Timothy Lee Ching-yin, who attends HKMA David Li Kwok Po College in Mong Kok, beat more than 900 students from 20 countries to bag the prize in the competition funded by the French government. Students aged 13 to 20 had to submit a piece of creative writing in French about a famous European painting for the contest organised by art association Imagineimaginaire. Timothy's story about Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper was written from the point of view of the piece of wall on which the painting hangs and used a diary format to chronicle the painting's history. Timothy said his writing skills had improved a lot at the college since a teacher got him to send his short stories to a real author for comments and through the books he had been exposed to. A college spokeswoman said: 'This has proved that students from a local school have the potential to achieve at a worldwide level when they are given the appropriate education.' The Direct Subsidy Scheme school aims to provide an international school culture and lead students to an 'inner transformation as they move from local to global' en route to becoming a modern citizen.