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Ten of Top 20 NAT achievers are from Region 8

Tacloban City (September 16) -- Young Grade Six public school students from Region 8 got ten of the top twenty slots in the March 2007 National Achievement Test taken by some 1.6 million grade six students from 29,962 public schools nationwide, and which covered English, Science, Math, Filipino and HEKASI.

What makes the Region 8 students doubly joyful is that they were feted by no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo herself in Malacanan aside from the fact that for most of them, it was the first time for them to have the chance to go to Manila.

On September 13, the President led the awarding of citations to the top 20 Grade 6 public school students who topped the National Achievement Test (NAT) given by the Department of Education (DepEd) to over 1.6 million elementary students last March.

Leading the NAT topnotchers from Region 8 and all over the country, is Jenevieve S. Palma of Lawaan Central School of Eastern Samar who posted a mean percentage score of 96.5 percent or a raw score of 193 out of the 200-item test.

The other top twenty NAT achievers from Region 8 is fifth placer Faye Jessa D. Egargo of Lawaan Central School in Eastern Samar ; sixth placers Margaux Mae P. Anadia, Jeric R. Lumpas. Dominic L. Rolloda, Paul Jordan D. Villanueva and Eloisa O. Blazo all of Dulag SPED Center in Leyte ; and ninth placers Sharmaine V. Nauila, Jannah Erika B. Juarez and Jennika M Montes both of Naval SPED Center in Biliran.

Completing the top twenty are Mary Rose S. Colares of Taguig Elementary School of Taguig & Pateros; Ameiyn M. Legion of Mabolo Elementary School, Cavite ; Joan Michelle T. Tonic and Ma. Anjanatte F. Mortalla both of Makato Elementary School in Aklan; and Margaux Marivic B. Esteban, Karoline Marie E. Mirasol, Rexbelle Mae A. Caliguid, Janice C. Pelaez, Roxanne A. Maghuyop, Riza Marie A. Erezo all of Obrero CES of Butuan City.

The success of these ten students from Region 8 shows that excellence in education is achieved not only in the urban areas but in the rural areas as well. (PIA 8) [top]

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