CNHS Student Wins Award in Int’l Earth Science Olympiad - CT

The student of the Catanduanes State Colleges who was one of the top four students in the national qualifying exam held last August has won an award at the 3rd International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) in Taipei, Taiwan recently.

Emmanuel A. Codillo received the best presentation award for international team field investigation.

His fellow delegate, Lance Co Ting Keh of Philippine Science High School main campus got the silver, the Philippine’s first ever in the IESO, while Ralph Ugalino, also of PSHS Main, and Gio Elegado of PSHS-Bicol, got bronze medals

Fifty students from seventeen (17) countries, including the USA, Japan, Italy,Thailand, India, UK, Korea, and other nationa, participated in the event. The gold went to Taiwan (4 students) and Korea (1). The 10 silvers went to Japan (4), Korea (3), Thailand (1), Philippines (1), and Indonesia (1).  There were 19 bronze medals given, with two going to the Philippines.

In an email to Dr. Carlo Arcilla, a Catandunganon who heads the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences, IESO Philippine Team Selection Committee chair Miguel Cano, along with other members of the delegation, expressed pride at the achievement of the Filipino students. The 4th IESO will be held in Indonesia in September next year.

Earlier, the DepEd Catanduanes Schools Division Office congratulated all Science and Technology Teachers of the STOC, Head Teacher Fe Hayne Aguilar and Principal Rudy Tolentino for Codillo’s feat, the first for a local student, and Education Program Supervisor in Science/Secondary Math & UT Coordinator, Dr. Salve T. San Juan, for the remarkable achievement that placed Catanduanes in the national and international map in science and technology. Governor Joseph C. Cua helped finance the cost of Codillo’s trip to Taiwan.

Dr. Arcilla said UP-NIGS helped the four high school students in competing against very tough competition, especially against China and Singapore. "I hope that these students will eventually study geology and eventually help our province cope with geology-related hazards like flooding and energy lack," he told Gov. Cua recently.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 30 September 2009

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