When I was invited to this event, I got excited because my favorite subject when I was still studying is Math. I am active in class by always raising my hands in solving Math problems. I got sad when I learned about that the Philippines ranked 96th out of 142 countries in perceived quality of Math and Science education from the latest World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Report (2013-2014). With the search for Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians in the National Capital Region, I do hope that this search will inspire students to excel more in the field of mathematics and have a passion in learning math and not be scared of numbers.

Last September 12, 2014, the search for Ten Young Outstanding Young Mathematicians in the National Capital Region was launched at the Makati AB Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la. Mr. Atom Araullo hosted the event. I was surprised to know that Atom is a Math wizard, having a degree in Applied Physics. This search is launched by Sharp Calculators in partnership with the two of the biggest Mathematics organizations in the country, Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTG) and Mathematics Teachers Association of the Philippines (MTAP) and other educational institutions such as Department of Education-National Capital Region (DepEd-NCR), Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP), and Philippine Council of Mathematics Educations, Inc. (MathTED). This search is also sponsored by SM, National Bookstore, Anvil Publishing, BiC, TreeTop, and Jif.

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During the press conference, Ms. Julie Lim (Vice President, Collins International Trading Corporation), Ms. Ruby Cristobal (DOST, Division Chief Science and Technology Manpower Education Research and Promotion), and Mr. Lucero Ong (Assistant Vice President, Collins International Trading Corporation) answered queries of the press about this search. They also stressed on their speech on how this search will promote the development of science culture among young Filipinos by recognizing their accomplishment in the field of mathematics and inspire more students to be better at Math.

Mr. Ong, Ms. Cristobal and Ms. Lim posing for the media after the Q&A

Mr. Ong, Ms. Cristobal and Ms. Lim posing for the media after the Q&A

This search is open to all public and private high school students in the National Capital Region who have completed at least two years of high school. The school should be located in the National Capital Region regardless of the place of residence of the student. They should be Filipino citizens, either naturalized or born. The nominee must be among the Top 3 students in math as certified by the school principal and the award will be based primarily on the nominee’s performance on national and international competitions. The recommendation from the School Principal/Mathematics Head will be the basis for judging, so presentations or publications of original work in mathematics are desirable or can be used as supporting documents to the nomination. The panel of judges will choose the Top 20 and will again review the involvement of each nominee/finalist and a final interview will be conducted. The final interview will be conducted by the representatives from DepEd-NCR, DOST-SEI, MTG Philippines, MSP and MathTED.

Also, homeschoolers are also welcome to join as long as they meet the qualifications set by the search.

The Ten Outstanding Young Mathematicians will be the first batch of Sharp Calculators’ Youth Ambassadors that will inspire and encourage the Filipino youth to strive and achieve academic excellence through school tours and mathematics symposiums. They will be receiving plaque of excellence, cash prizes and gifts from Sharp Calculators and sponsors.

Nomination starts now! The deadline for nominations will be on January 5, 2015 and the awarding ceremonies will be on February 2015. You can get nomination kits at selected National Bookstore branches in the National Capital Region or you can download it from www.sharpminds.ph. For more information, you may contact Sharp Calculators at 681-6161/646-2867 and look for Ms. Mary Rose Rocha or Ms. Clara Camille Ocampo.

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