by: Ms. Christine V. Ordinario

For the second year in a row, Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus emerged as the champion in the Provincial Tourism Quiz Bee held at FTM Food Fiesta, Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya on September 9, 2016.

Christlen Carlo L. Olivares of Grade 10-Muon bested 51 other contenders from the different schools in the province. As the provincial winner, he will be representing the province of Nueva Vizcaya in the Regional Quiz Bee in Ilagan City on September 27, 2016.

This year, the competition was composed of a written elimination and a final round. In the written eliminations, all the 52 contestants answered a 20-item test where students who got a score of 15 or higher qualified for the final round. Christlen, together with five other students, moved on and battled in the final stage.

In the final round composed of fifteen items, Christlen managed an early lead, making three points ahead of his competitors, with two items where only he was able to answer correctly. Towards the end of the final round, the other contenders were catching up, but his closest rival was short of one point to end up with a tie with him.

"I am so happy that I was able to defend my title as the provincial champion even though I only have a short amount of time to prepare," declares Christlen who just competed with a team and won in the PSYSC Science Olympiad six days before his tourism competition. "I'll try my best to get the regional title this year," he adds as he landed a point behind first place in last year's Regional Tourism Quiz Bee held in Maddela, Quirino.

"I am very proud of Christlen's second victory in this contest, but what brings me more pride is the fact that he exemplifies the ideal Pisayer, one who does not only excel in science and math but also in the humanities," quips Ms. Christine V. Ordinario, Christlen's coach.

Christlen received a certificate, a medal and Php3, 500.00. The contestants from Diadi National High School and Nueva Vizcaya State University-Bayombong Campus placed second and third place, respectively.

The Tourism Quiz Bee is an annual activity spearheaded by the Provincial Tourism Office in celebration of September as National Tourism Month. #

by: Dianne Joyce C. Matic

Grade 10 scholar Nicole Bettina Pascual claimed this school year’s presidency in the Student Supreme Government’s (SSG) election to lead the new set of officers.

“Youth leadership is important because it plays a vital role in developing character of teenager and it helps us to establish a network which would later help in making positive changes in the community,” said Pascual, the standard bearer of the CHABETS (Change Happens; Beyond Trustworthy Service) Party.

The newly elected officers are; President: Nicole Betina Pascual; Vice President: Beaver Sean Caraan; Secretary: Pere Maria Lucia Baricaua; Treasurer: Gracean Magundayao; Public Information Officer: Dianna Jean Daguro; Project Managers: Judel Lozada, Lynelle Ringor, Timothy Martin, Marinella Dennise Guzman.

“This year’s set of SSG officers will try to leave some mark, yung tatatak sa isip ng mga estudyante. We hope students and the faculty will have to look forward to new schemes in presenting our projects and services,” Heherson Tolentino, new SSG adviser, proudly stated.

He added that immersing students in the world of leadership will really empower them and give them the gate pass to come up with solutions to problems.

Tolentino also revealed that the new SSG administration aims to come up with constitution and by-laws to be ratified by all the students.#

by Mr. Harold V. Gallo

“We do not conduct earthquake and other disaster mitigation drills just for compliance but we do this to lessen the impact of natural and man–made catastrophes”, said Ms. Eva T. Agamata, Chief of Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee (NV–PDRRMC) during the Disaster Preparedness seminar for students and employees, August 4, 2016.

The half–day activity focused on awareness, educational–session about disaster preparedness and simulation drills during earthquakes.

“Angtaonghandasaanumangsakuna ay alamangginagawa, and if that happens, you can assist others when disasters happened”, she mentioned.

Dr. Salvador B. Romo, Campus Director, highlighted in his message that everybody can be a victim of disaster, so everyone must be ready and disciplined.

“Natural disasters are inevitable and unexpected, and the least we can do is to be aware, empowered and equipped with practical knowledge”, added Dr. Romo.

Agamata mentioned in her lecture that the government is serious about disaster mitigation and its ultimate goal is “Zero Casualty”.

“We do not entertain panic during disasters but we should always have our presence of mind”, she stated.

The students and employees participated in actual drills in Academic Buildings and Dormitories facilitated by the PDRRMC and Bureau of Fire Protection personnel.

Agamata also suggested that the school must have a disaster coordinating committee to organize and review contingency plans of the school.

by: Harold V. Gallo

Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus celebrated its 20th founding anniversary last August 25, 2016 with various activities.

“Beginning this year, August 25 will be the official date of commemoration for the school,” declared Dr. Aimee Marie C. Gragasin, Chief of the Curriculum and Instruction Services Division (CISD) in her welcome remarks.

July 3 is the official birthday of the institution but the celebration was held last August 25 because of the calendar shift in the opening of classes from June to August beginning last school year.

A motorcade from the school to Solano and Bayombong, a simple program with Hon. Ralph Lantion as guest speaker and games highlighted the occasion.

Mayor Lantion in his message, challenged the scholars to be inspiration to others and to go back and serve their roots after their big accomplishments.

Loyalty awards were also bestowed to the personnel who reach 10 and 15 years of serving PSHS-CVC. Among them were, Ms. Christine Ordinario for 10 years of service and Dr. Shirley Mateo, Dr. Maricel Bata, Mrs. Rosalinda Luwang, Mr. Sadiri S. Corpuz, Mrs. Girlmelyn Javier and Mrs. Genalyn Alice Viloria for 15 years of service.

Students and employees were also grouped into two for the parlor games, Laro ng Lahi and volleyball played after the motorcade and program.

Team A dominated the parlor games and Laro ng Lahi while Team B swept volleyball games in both divisions.#

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.#