Two students from HKMA David Li Kwok Po College have won awards in foreign-language writing competitions. Secondary Four Student Timothy Lee Ching-yin has won third prize in 'Des Mots pour Voir', or 'Words to See', a worldwide French writing competition organised by Imagine Imaginaire, an art association supported by the French Ministry of Education since 2000. With 930 students from 20 countries taking part, Timothy was the only one from Hong Kong to win a prize. Combining words with art appreciation, participants were asked to write a creative text in French about a famous European painting. 'Rather than imagining myself as a paintbrush or an artist like everybody else, I chose to personalise myself as the piece of wall Da Vinci used for painting his masterpiece The Last Supper,' the 15-year-old said. With English being his mother-tongue language, Timothy started taking regular French courses when he entered secondary school. 'I couldn't believe I won a prize at first because my strength was never in French,' he said. 'Thanks to my strict French teacher, my skills have improved a lot.' Timothy also took part in the Hong Kong Budding Poets Competition organised by the Education Bureau and received a merit in the secondary school section. His schoolmate, Aska Cheung, won the champion award in the same category. 'It's really a surprise to me, as I'm better at writing short stories. It's my first time to take part in a poem writing competition,' said 15-year-old Aska. Aska's winning piece also won him the 'Poet of the School' award, but he said his real love is blogging. 'I'd like to be a great blogger. I've just set up my own blog and will update as far as I can,' he said.