While other students join quiz bees in science, mathematics, general knowledge and other academic competitions, these students excel in a different skill — on research.
On the fourth year of LORMA High School of San Juan, La Union in joining the Fully Residential Schools (FRS) International Symposium of the Ministry of Education in Malaysia (MEM), these batch of junior high school students brought home the top three awards, the Platinum, Gold and Silver medals.
The Platinum award is the highest accolade that the MEM could give to abstract research entries.
These La Union-based bright kids had beaten other 67 science high school contenders from all over Asia.
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In a panel presentation and defense, their abstract under the Global Collaboration category entitled, “Maximizing the Virtual Space through Vlogging as a Smart Industry” got the the interest of the judges who are prominent educators, advisers and mentors of MEM.
“For three years, our team only brought home gold and silver medals, but we were overwhelmed when it was announced that we got the Platinum this time,” said head coach and basic education research coordinator Fernando Oringo of LORMA High School.
“The school sent three teams composed of four students to compete on the different categories, and as fortunate as it may seem, they competed with each other on the final round which means that our other two teams got the gold and silver,” Oringo added.
Oringo is referring to their Gold Award entry on the Smart Workers category entitled “The Amalgamation of Filipino workers around the World” which was the entry of another team namely Cloie September Lang-ay, Joshua Abiezer Marayag, Elaine Angeli Mecos and Krista Mae Ramos.
Further, the Silver Award on the Economic Development category was presented to Sophia Marie Gamboa, Milano Carlitos Magsaysay, Sebastian Andrei Frigillana and Xian Nicole Baguitan with their entry – “Outsourcing Destination of the World: Philippines.”
The top three entries were the most relevant and noteworthy amongst all the other entries during the competition.
“We are very proud of this achievement because they are not just inspirations to their parents and to our students but also to the young generation in our beloved province,” said LORMA Basic Education School Director Elizabeth Camara.
According to Oringo, the students were solely supported financially by their parents during their travel to SBP Integrasi Gombak, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from June 11 to 15.
Another entry from the Philippines are the delegates from Pag-asa National High School in Legazpi City, Albay.
MEM chooses competitor-qualifiers based on the research abstract that the schools send.
The 8th year of the FRS is themed: “Smart Industry Reforming the World” and is aimed at looking at research studies as a way of introducing new technology and innovative approaches in today’s high school curriculum.
When asked about their experience, the students unanimously answered, “Research is encompassing because it helps us think of innovative solutions on problems in our country and it opens our eyes and minds to the realities happening in the communities.” (AMB/AHFF/PIA 1)