Three PSHS G11 students win 3rd in Physics quiz
by: Christine V. Ordinario
Three Grade 11 students of Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS-CVC) won third place in the Universal Mindbreaker: Physics Quiz Bowl 2021 on April 17, 2021.
Lester A. Solaina, Bernard G. Tapiru, Jr., and Treicee Guian R. Catabay represented PSHS–CVC in the said Quiz Bowl that covers the topics physics and astronomy.
The said quiz was a team competition divided into the elimination round, followed by the lightning round of the three remaining teams.
The quiz bowl was conducted through the use of various online platforms such as Discord where each of the teams were joined by a facilitator, and Zoom where the final round was conducted.
The Physics Quiz Bowl was participated in by 10 schools, with PSHS Central Mindanao Campus, San Jose City National High School, and PSHS–CVC competing in the final round.
Ms. Precila C. Baclig, Physics teacher and official coach of the PSHS–CVC contenders said that the review sessions were made possible through the combined efforts of all the teachers of the Physics Unit.
"During the review, we had limited time, but the scholars maximized their free time. Overall, it was a happy activity. We will try to do better next time," added Ms. Baclig.
The Universal Mindbreaker: Physics Quiz Bowl 2021 was organized by the Physics and Astronomy Society of the University of San Carlos, Cebu City.#
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CVC welcomes new Campus Director
by: Harold V. Gallo
After more than two months of waiting for the next leader of Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus, Mr. Erick John H. Marmol is finally appointed as the new campus director for the next six years.
The 34–year old director, who officially started his term last April 5. 2021, said that as a leader, he values "excellence for all", sets vision for the organization, leads and engage people to commit to strategic initiatives.
Marmol, who hailed from Naga City is a cum laude graduate of the Bicol University College of Education with BSED Physics and a recipient of the Most Outstanding Graduate and DOST Academic Excellence Awardee for being a DOST scholar.
The youthful Bicolano director, also earned his MA Physics Education and graduated as Most Outstanding Graduate and currently completing his dissertation to earn his PhD in Educational Foundations in the same university.
He first worked as a teacher at PSHS–Bicol Region Campus in 2007–2015, transferred to DepEd Naga as an Education Program Supervisor in 2015, came back to BRC for his second stint as a teacher in 2018.
In February 2019, he was appointed as Director III of Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus in Palo, Leyte.
"I ensure that the people share the same vision. I invest on human resources in order for them to increase capabilities and deepen their understanding of the vision. For me, an excellent organization allows people to grow together to attain goals", he said.
PSHS–CVC community together with Bayombong Mayor Atty. Ralph T. Lantion, Executive Director Lilia T. Habacon and former CVC director Dr. Salvador B. Romo, officially welcomed him as the new director in a virtual program last April 18, 2021.
Mayor Lantion expressed his support while Director Habacon emphasized on the immense responsibility and expectations to a campus director of PSHS, during the virtual welcome program.
The new director was also engaged with a virtual informal "chikahan" with the faculty and staff, where he answered trivial questions before the employees were introduced to him. The program punctuated with the presentation of his 6–year development plan for the school.#
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PSHS-CVC sweeps Valleygsahan 2021 events
by: Christine V. Ordinario
Students who represented Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS–CVC) in Valleygsahan 2021 brought home the championship after placing first in the overall rankings for both junior high school (JHS) and senior high school (SHS) categories.
PSHS–CVC bested other participating schools in the junior category and in the senior category in the region.
Lenard Adam Yague (G10), Darren Marike Noreen Tiongson (G10) and Edan Viel Aguada (G9) emerged as the champion in the Quiz Show that was composed of four rounds: drafting, elimination, semi–final and final rounds.
In the debate competition, the JHS team composed of the Grade 10 students Victor Andres Navoa, Rexelle Dianne Taguinod, and Erin Czen Turla, had a face off for a spot to advance to the final round with the SHS team composed of Ada Jemina Plata (G11), Lynelle Daryl Ringor (G12), and Luis Jerard Salum (G12).
In the said semi–final round, the SHS team advanced to the final round, ensuring the JHS team with a bronze finish. In the final round, the PSHS–CVC senior contingent clinched the silver medal.
The team of the Grade 11 students Althea Francine Abadilla, Janna Christina Cancejo, Niño Ricofrelle Dannug, Karylle Faye Lopez and Cecille Faye Perez bagged the gold in Short Film Making with their short film entitled Ipantay/Tinapay.
Raven Carlos Pacito Arellano (G12) copped first and Chelcia Ara Diane Mercado (G10) placed third in Pagsulat ng Sanaysay for the senior and junior levels, respectively.
In the Digital Poster Making event, Edson John Willie (G12) and Jielian Faye Quilang (G10), both won first place.
John Vincent Albino (G12) placed second in the Traditional Poster Making event.
Karminia Gabrielle Reyes (G11) and Sean Gabriel Manansala (G7) competed in Extemporaneous speaking and won second and third, respectively.
In Dagliang Talumpati, Judel Lozada (G12) emerged second place.
With the aforementioned feats, PSHS–CVC junior level garnered 38 points, and the senior level stacked 55 points, making the school the overall champion in both levels.
This is the third consecutive year that PSHS–CVC took home the championship for Valleygsahan.
Mr. Jay–Ar Mapilis, the perennial coach for Valleygsahan, said this year’s competition is different from the previous years with the inclusion of the senior high school category and the introduction of new events like short film making and digital poster.
Since face–to–face mode is still not allowed, the organizers used online platforms such as Zoom, Discord, Messenger, and Google Meet to successfully conduct the events.
During the preparation stage, we encouraged our students to do their best in their respective competitions, to exhibit scholastic and artistic capabilities justly and fairly, and to always uphold the PSHS core values no matter what the circumstances are,” said Mr. Mapilis.
The trainers in the different contested events were: Mr. Joel Magday and Mr. Lyndon Lazaro (Quiz Bee), Mr. Jay–Ar Mapilis (debate competition), Mr. Russel Owen Viloria (short film making), Dr. Zenaida T. Manzano (pagsulat ng sanaysay), Mr. Bobby Argote (digital poster making), John Rich Manalo (traditional poster making), Ms. Lady Beatriz Addauan and Ms. Melahnie Agraam (extemporaneous speaking), Mr. Joenel Lacaden (dagliang talumpati).
The winning students will advance to the national level and represent the school and the region in Patalasan 2021.
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Duke-bound PSHS-CVC G12 student earns Karsh scholarship
by: Christine V. Ordinario
from PSHS-CVC Documentation Committee
A Grade 12 student of Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS–CVC) was chosen as one of the recipients of the Karsh International Scholarship Program at Duke University.
Edrian Paul S. Liao of 12–Eridani was chosen from the pool of international student admits of Duke University to become one of the recipients of the Karsh scholarship, a merit-based full scholarship for international students at Duke University.
Liao went through the rigorous selection process of the Karsh scholarship program, competing with other applicants from different parts of the world.
The scholarship is awarded to applicants whose awards, activities, grades, and other evidences of merit qualify for the Karsh criteria.
The said scholarship covers tuition, exact housing charges, standard meal plan, mandatory fees that include student activity, student service, student health, recreation, dining hall, mailbox, and registration fees, and access to Karsh Scholarship-specific research and special project funding, among others.
During his senior year, Liao applied for college education at Duke University in North Carolina, USA.
Duke University is ranked 5th in Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education National College Rankings 2021 and 20th in Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.
In December 2020, Liao received a confirmation of his acceptance to the said university where he initially intends to pursue mechanical engineering and computer science.
As soon as he was admitted to Duke, Liao began searching for opportunities that would cover his other needs in pursuing his education at Duke, and to relieve his parents from the burden of covering his college expenses.
"To be frank, this is the biggest achievement I have so far not only because it is highly competitive but also because it creates a clear path for me and my country towards a better future. This just goes to show that our limits do not exist at all as long as we work hard for it. As we always see along the corridors of Pisay, hard work beats talent when talent does not work hard," expressed Liao.
"Liao is a consistent Director’s lister since Grade 7, a multi–awarded contestant in science and math competitions, an exceptional athlete and singer, and an active advocate of academic causes and student drives."
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PSHS-CVC students bag awards in Patalasan 2021
by: Christine V. Ordinario
The Philippine Science High School – Cagayan Valley Campus (PSHS–CVC) contingent won awards in the various contested areas of Patalasanlahi 2021.
Leading the pack in the quest for gold was Jielian Faye Quilang (G9) who bested the other contestants and emerged as the champion in the Digital Poster Making Contest.
In the roster of contested activities, digital poster making is the newest contested event and is on its maiden outing in Patalasanlahi 2021.
Arch. Bobby U. Argote, the Unit Coordinator of the PSHS–CVC Technology Unit and the coach in the digital poster making contest, said it was a great challenge to train the contestants.
"In preparation for Patalasanlahi, the contestants were trained by providing them national issues as subjects for their work which they will accomplish under time pressure. During the contest proper, I just told them to relax, remain calm, and enjoy the moment," Arch. Argote stated.
On the other hand, the team composed of Lenard Adam Yague (G10), Darren Marike Noreen Tiongson (G10) and Edan Viel Aguada (G9) placed second runner–up in the Quiz Show for the junior high school category.
Yague was also recognized as the first top scorer in the elimination round of the quiz show.
"In all honesty, all of us in the team were motivated to win. Our eyes were on the award, and our sheer determination fuelled us to give our best. We had a very short time to prepare for Patalasan, so we maximized everything that we have learned during our preps for Valleygsahan. Thankfully, our efforts have paid off," Yague quipped.
For the senior high school level, Raven Carlos Pacito Arellano (G12) landed first runner–up in Pagsulat ng Sanaysay, while Judel Lozada (G12) won second runner-up in Dagliang Talumpati.
The coaches/trainers of the students were: Arch. Bobby U. Argote (Digital Poster–Making), Mr. Joel Magday and Mr. Lyndon Lazaro (Quiz Show); Dr. Zenaida T. Manzano (Pagsulat ng Sanaysay); and Mr. Joenel B. Lacaden (Dagliang Talumpati).
Patalasanlahi 2021 is a national level academic competition elementary and secondary schools spearheaded by the UP Sanlahi Alliance.
The UP Sanlahi Alliance is an association of provincial, regional, and entholinguistic organizations in the University of the Philippines.
The contenders for Patalasanlahi 2021 were winners in the inter-school competitions conducted by the different member-organizations of UP Sanlahi Alliance, one of which is UP Lambak which organized Valleygsahan 2021.
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