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Lone student from NCR places second in National Achievement Test

Pasig City (8 September) -- The only student from the National Capital Region among the top twenty examinees who took the National Achievement Test in March 2007 got a Mean Percentage Score of 96 in the overall exam.

Twelve-year-old Mary Rose Colares hails from Taguig, a graduate of Taguig Elementary School, and is currently in first year high school at La Imaculada Consolacion High School, Pasig City. Among 1.6 million grade six pupils, she landed second among the top twenty NAT examinees. She garnered an overall raw score of 192 out of 200 items.

The examination comprised five subjects, namely English, Science, Mathematics, Filipino and HEKASI. She got a perfect score in Mathematics, 97.5 per cent in HEKASI, 95 per cent in both English and Science, and 92.5 per cent in Filipino.

In a phone interview, Mary Rose's mother, Ma. Cecilia Colares, boasts of her daughter's admirable study habits. "She reads her books even if there is no exam. She displays great interest in her studies."

Perseverance has been her trademark. An OFW in Brunei, her father's absence did not deter her from performing excellently in school. Since grade school, Mary Rose has shown inclination for Math and Science subjects that most students consider to be the most difficult.

The other nineteen topnotchers come from Eastern Samar, Cavite, Leyte, Butuan City and Biliran.

DepEd Secretary Jesli A. Lapus salutes the outstanding performance of these students. "Mary Rose is a living testimony to the unrelenting quest of the Filipino student for academic excellence. The NAT results illustrate the benefits that redound to our students as a result of our significant interventions in public education."

The National Achievement Test is conducted annually to measure what students know, understand and can do. It also serves to monitor the performance of public schools over a certain period of time. (DepEd) [top]

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