Taipei, March 19 (CNA) Two high school students and an artist, all women, won the top honor in three categories of the ninth TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) Youth Calligraphy and Seal-Carving Competition, as the awarding ceremony was held in Taipei on Sunday.
Lee Chia-yen (李嘉晏), a freshman of National Hsinchu Girls' Senior High School, won the first prize of the clerical and regular script category with a couplet of Yuan Mei (袁枚, 1716-1797), a Qing dynasty poet.
Chang Pei-hsien (張珮嫻), a junior of Taichung Municipal Hui-Wen High School, won the first prize of the cursive and semi-cursive script category with an excerpt of an essay of Su Shi (蘇軾, 1037-1101), a Song dynasty poet.
Artist Lo Shu-chiao (羅淑嬌), who has learned seal-carving for 11 years, won the first prize of the seal-carving category with three characters "Lion Heart" (獅子心).
Each of the first prize winners was awarded a trophy and a cash prize of NT$100,000 (US$3,275). The contestants are limited to senior high school students for the first two categories but include those who are younger than 40 years old for the seal-carving category.
Among nine winners of the first, second and third prizes of the three categories, six are women.
(By Sabine Cheng and Kuo Chung-han)