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DepEd chief commends national math wizards

Pasig City (17 April) -- Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Jesli Lapus commended the elementary and high school Math geniuses from public and private schools presented during the Awarding Ceremonies of the 2007 Math Challenge at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium in Makati City recently.

"We are one in celebrating the achievements of these outstanding students and we hope that this will inspire them to reach greater heights," Secretary Lapus said.

In the elementary level individual competition, Carmela Antoinette Lao of St. Jude Catholic School in Manila emerged as the first place winner, while Matthew Ng of Chiang Kai Shek College of Manila and Sarah Jane Cua of Dagupan City's Pangasinan Universal Institute got the second and third place, respectively. In the team competition, Jose Rizal Elementary School in Pasay City bagged first place, while Heneral Pio del Pilar Elementary School in Makati City, and Zamboanga Chong Hua High School in Zamboanga City, placed second and third, respectively.

In the high school level individual competition, Darren Mendell Sy of Chiang Kai Shek College in Manila emerged as the first place winner, while Christine Cheong of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School in Zamboanga City and Charlton Sean Gaerlan II of Baguio City High School got the second and third place, respectively. In the team competition, Manila Science High School in Manila bagged the first place, while San Bartolome High School in Quezon City, and Cagayan National High School, placed second and third, respectively.

"It is heartwarming to know that majority of the winners came from our public schools," Secretary Lapus said. "Hopefully, this will help inspire other public school students to excel."Close to half a million pesos in cash prizes, trophies and medals, were given away to the deserving winners, courtesy of Metrobank Foundation.

A total of 340,430 student Math-enthusiasts from 176 DepEd Divisions participated in this year's competition.The Math Challenge is a joint project of Metrobank Foundation, MTAP and DepEd that aims to heighten interest in Mathematics among the young and help improve Math education in the country. Metrobank expanded the competition in 2001 to include all public and private elementary schools all over the country. (PIA) [top]

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