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CNHS’ Balmadrid Wins Bronze in 4th IESO

A senior student of the Catanduanes National High School, Noel Lee V. Balmadrid, was among the bronze medal winners in the 4th International Earth Science Olympiad/Earth Olympic (IESO 2010) held in Indonesia from Sept. 18-28, 2010.

Balmadrid, a son of DPWH engineers Noel and Cristy Balmadrid of Francia, Virac, received his medal during the closing ceremony at the University Club Hall, Gadjah Mada University. Last year during the 3rd IESO in Taiwan, CNHS’ Emmanuel Codillo won the best presentation award in the International Field Team Investigation.

Participants from Asian countries – Taiwan, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines - dominated the championship, with seven delegates winning gold medals. The other countries which participated were France, India, Ukraine, Italy, Kuwait, Maldives, Nepal, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, USA, Romania, and Russia. The next IESO will be in Italy.

The International Earth Science Olympiad (IESO) is an annual earth science competition for secondary school students and is intended to raise student interest in and public awareness of earth science, as well as to enhance earth science learning of students.

All major areas of earth sciences, including geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy, and environmental sciences, are considered for selecting topics for the competition. The competition consists of two parts: theoretical and practical examinations. The theoretical examination is presented in a set of earth science problems which should be solved by participants. The practical examination includes experimental task(s) which should be completed by participants during a suitable period. These tasks are given by individual basis. The field tasks are given by team basis. Each team consists of four or more members from different countries. Participants work together during experimental and/or field tasks and are graded together as a group.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune - 11 October 2010

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