by: Dianne Joyce C. Matic

Philippine teams powered by scholars of Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus and Central Visayas Campus grabbed 2nd and 3rd grand prizes and garnered gold medals and various awards in the 5th ASEAN Plus 3 Junior Science Odyssey (APT JSO) held at University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, June 12-18, 2016.

PH Team A consisted of PSHS-CVC Grades 11 scholars Hannah Keren Duque, Mark Ely Namoro and Grade 10 Jose Benjamin dela Cruz.

Pisay-CVC Grade 10 scholars Nicole Betina Pascual, Dionella Jitka Quinagoran and Christlen Carlo Olivares comprised PH Team C.

Team A received gold in Biology and silver in both Chemistry and Physics while Team C pocketed silver in both Biology and Chemistry and bronze in Physics.

The scholar participants demonstrated laboratory skills in three fields: Chemistry, Biology and Physics.

Moreover, dela Cruz and Quinagoran were awarded a gold medal and a bronze medal respectively in a separate event of project pitching by mixed country groups.

PSHS-CVisC also sent six contestants to represent the country during international competition.

The team of CVisC scholars Francis Jether S. Siao, Joseph Karl C. Salva Jr., and Sean Dominic T. Abella ranked third over-all third.

Philippine delegation managed to take home 15 medals through the combined efforts of both PSHS campuses.

Designed to develop and nurture the skills and talents of young individuals, APT JSO is an annual Science and Technology (S&T) contest for gifted students aged 13-15 living within ASEAN Plus Three Region which makes up of China, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei, Sweden and Southeast Asian countries.

This year’s competition anchored on the theme, “Climate Change and the Rainforest”.

Genalyn Viloria and Mark Merrill Mesa of the PSHS-CVC served as coaches of the PH teams A and C.#