PSHS Students Grand Champion in the ASEAN+3 Junior Science Competition for The Gifted

05 Jul 2013 11:06 PM | Mary Rose dela Cruz (Administrator)

PSHS students once again won the one week competition in Science for gifted students in the ASEAN plus Three nations that ended last June 30, held in Busan, South Korea. Executive Director Josette Biyo says it best in her report to the PSHS Board of Trustees:

The competition was participated by 25 teams from ASEAN plus Taiwan, China (Beijing), Korea, Sweden, and Nigeria. The competition focused on laboratory skills and analyses in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. The Philippines in represented by two teams composed of 3 students from PSHS Main, and 3 students from PSHS WVC. The competition took place at the Korea Science Academy in Busan (KSA) with the KSA professors serving as judges for the individual events, and international evaluators for the paper presentation.

I am very happy to inform you that the Philippines (PSHS Students) again got the CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY! The scores are as follows:

Biology: PSHS Main- Gold, PSHS WVC-Silver (20%)
Chemistry: PSHS Main- Gold, PSHS WVC - Silver (20%)
Physics- PSHS Main - no award, PSHS WVC- Bronze (20%)
Paper Presentation- PSHS WVC Best paper (40)

Average of two teams was the highest score out of the 25 teams making the Philippines the Grand Champion for the second time. Last year in Brunei, we were also the champion.

As for the Physics category, PSHS Main students could have gotten gold except for the fact that they didn't put their names in the graph submitted and they were disqualified. I saw their data during the presentation and it was perfect! It was a lesson learned for the students.

For the PSHS WVC, their graph was not perfect because the data generated in the field was not perfect due to environmental disturbances. They also know what the perfect values would look like, but still stood on the values they generated (intellectual honesty), but the judges scored them based on accuracy. They were however able to explain this during the presentation, getting the nod of the judges.

Despite these, the average score of the two PSHS Teams was the highest out of the 13 participating countries. Korea came 2nd, and Singapore 3rd. Korea felt sad and I think all participating countries are wondering how we are teaching our students. They said that all our students are very confident. We have our teachers to thank for this.

We are going back to the Philippines tonight. But the best thing I heard from our students was: "Win or lose, we will all go back to the Philippines as different persons-much better persons. And we are now ready to compete in any international competition."

Thank you for all your support to the PSHS System.



  • 12 Aug 2013 11:02 AM | Maria Lourdes Bautista-Buensuceso
    Congrats Ms. Biyo!
    It would be nice to know who are the students who won in this competition?
    More power to you and PSHS!
    Marilou Buensuceso (PSHS1976)
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