by: Dianne Joyce Matic

Members of Pisay–CVC Journalism team flaunt their trophies during the awarding of the search of the Best School Publication during the 2015 RSPC, February 13–16, 2015.

Reaping top awards in team, individual and newspaper categories, Philippine Science High School journalism team made waves at Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) held last December 13–16, 2015 at Santiago City, Isabela, where 11 Pisay CVC scribes qualified to the nationals.

Collaborative Publishing English team, composed of Cyril Francis Wakit, Adrian Bayle, Clark Denmark Recile, Tom Ivan Binbinon, Alfrancis Gacutan, Alliyah Maxyne Tello and Dianne Joyce Matic, won 1st place, earning them a ticket to the National Schools Press Conference.

“It’s such a rare opportunity, being given the chance to participate in the NSPC, and I’m very excited. This year, I participated in my first DSPC, and I was surrounded by great and talented people. I’m proud that a lot of them are participating in the NSPC as well,” Recile said.

On the individual categories, Ma. Shaira Lei Daludado (News Writing – English), Percival Carpio III (Sports Writing-English), and John Lian Mar Catli (Sports Writing – Filipino) landed in 2nd place.

Additionally, sophomore Fredelito Liquigan Jr. bagged 3rd place in Copy Reading and Headline Writing - Filipino.

“Initially, we had a lot of misunderstandings. But I guess what changed this year was that we had a lot of training. This had taught us that we always had each other’s backs and that we were a family in a sense. The contest this year was very different because we didn’t argue anymore. Thus, we had finished on time and won,” Tello said.

“To qualify in the NSPC is not a fluke. I’m glad that all the time we toil for practices paid off,” said coach Harold Gallo.

Jubilee Balonkita and Maria Stella Guia Miguel garnered 6th place and 7th place, respectively, in the Science and Health Writing.

In the search for the Best School Publication, The Pisay Explorer clinched the overall title while Ang Siklab placed 6th overall.

Finally, Gallo, copped the Most Outstanding Secondary School Paper Adviser plum.

National Schools Press Conference is to be held at Koronadal City, South Cotabato on February 22–26, 2016.