8 students in R1 receive YES Awards
By Carlo P. Canares
Laoag City (23 February) -- Eight students in Region 1 who gained recognition in the international community were conferred the 2008 Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Award by the Department of Science and Technology. The YES medal signifies DOST's high regard for excellence and competitiveness through the distinguished achievements of young Filipinos in international science and mathematics competitions.
Ms. Sarah Jane Cua of the Pangasinan Universal Institute in Dagupan City led the awardees in simple ceremonies held at the DOST-Regional Office 1 in San Fernando City, La Union. She was awarded for topping the International Math Competition held in Singapore; and another Bronze medal at the International Math Competition in Thailand.
Other recipients of the award were Jacob Ivan Dumbrique of Saint Paul College of Ilocos Sur who won silver and bronze medals at the Wizards at Mathematics International Competition in India and International Math Competitions in Thailand, respectively; Isaiah Paolo Lee and Mark John Dy, both from Mother Goose Special School in Dagupan, who won silver and bronze medals in competitions in HongKong and China respectively;
Federico de Jesus, Aeben Gawidan and Paul Yang-Ed from the Philippine Science High School-Ilocos Campus, who all won bronze medals at the First International Science Olympiad held in South Korea; and Sharmaine Cabaltera who gained a bronze medal at the Second International Earth Science Olympiad held in the Philippines.
DOST Regional Director Ms. Elsa R. Chan hailed the young winners as "the next generation of heroes" and said the agency continuously provides support to students who join international competitions as a means to identify brilliant pupils who could be given support in their journey to become scientists and engineers.
"We are fully behind these students who decide to explore the wonderful world of science & technology," she said.
Some 215 students from around the country were recipients of the award this year, which is almost triple the number (73) when it was first handed out last year. (PIA-Laoag) [top]