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St. Mary’s School student bags essay-writing top spot

Cagayan de Oro City (26 October) -- Bea Danielle Almendrala, a 3rd year student of St. Mary’s High School in Mandumol, Cagayan de Oro City bested 14 other contestants during the recently concluded on-the-spot essay writing contest held October 11, 2006 at the Regional Training Center of the Commission on Population, Region 10 (POPCOM) in Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City.

Almendrala will receive a medal and a cash prize during a special awarding ceremony set during the Population and Development Week Celebration in November. Her winning piece titled “guidance and support: the key to an empowered youth” will be the region’s entry to the national essay contest to be held in Manila on the same month.

Prizes at stake at the national contest amount to P25,000 for the champion, P15,000 for the first runner-up and P10,000 for the second runner-up. Plaques of recognition will also be given to the winning schools.

Other winners of the regional contest were Jennycel Mae Sarines, 3rd year student of Liceo de Cagayan University and Glen Dareen A. Santos, 2nd runner-up from St. Mary’s Academy, Talisayan, Misamis Oriental. Both will also receive medals and cash awards at the November celebration.

Under the contest’s theme “Youth empowerment for health and development,” the essays written by the contestants revolved on the topic: empowering the youth: how, what and why?

A joint undertaking of the Philippine Center for Population and Development, Popcom and the Department of Education (DepEd), the contest was a creative way of assessing the level of learning and awareness of the students on population and development issues and concerns. It was also a means for the youth to express their views and feelings about current population and development issues that have bearing on their future. (POPCOM-10/DILG) [top]

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