Pinoy kids win big in international science and math competitions

This is a press release from the Asian MathSci League, Inc. 

Talented Filipino kids bagged multiple individual and team awards in the 3rd International Junior Math Olympiad (IJMO) and the 1st Vanda Science Global Finals organized by the International Scholastic Trust (IST) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Philippine Team composed of 94 students from Grades 1 to 12 dominated the Vanda Science individual round, emerging as the top-ranked team in medals. The team won 17 gold, 14 silver, 19 bronze medals, and 17 honorable mention awards.

The team placed third over-all in IJMO with 5 gold, 15 silver, 12 bronze medals, and 5 honorable mention awards.

The competitions drew 1,100 contestants from 21 countries that included Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, India, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, the United States, and host country Malaysia.

IST founder Henry Ong said that these two competitions are aimed at developing students’ abilities to solve challenging problems in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, thus adopting the theme STEAM AHEAD. 

The President’s Award for Excellence in STEAM (PAExS) was given to students who won a gold medal in both IJMO and Vanda Science.

Four out of 8 PAExS winners were from the Philippines:

The 4 displayed their prowess in solving challenging mathematical problems and analyzing various scientific concepts. Aside from the PAExS Gold Medal, they each received $100 and a full scholarship to the Young Achievers Leadership Academy (YALA) to be held in Singapore in December.

The contestants and mentors received a morale boost from Philippine Consul General in Kuala Lumpur and Chief of Mission Raly L. Tejada, who was at the awarding ceremony at Wisma Hua Zhong, Selangor.

The participation of the Philippine contingent to these competitions was made possible by the Asian MathSci League, Inc (AMSLI), headed by Rechilda P. Villame, president; Ruthela P. Payawal, Science Lead Mentor; Kurt Byron Ang, Delegation Head; and Anna Patricia Miravite (Deputy Delegation Head).

Here is the complete list of winners:

3rd International Junior Math Olympiad (IJMO)

Gold Medalists 

Silver Medalists

Bronze Medalists

1st Vanda Science Global Finals (Individual)

Gold Medalists

Silver Medalists 

Bronze Medalists 

1st Vanda Science Global Finals (Team)

Gold Awardees 

Silver Awardees

Bronze Awardees