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05 February 2016

Jam-packed. 2015 Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awardees filled the stage at Phivolcs during the awarding ceremony held on 4 February.

 

Filipino science and mathematics wizards just keep getting better.

 

After setting a record 484 gold, silver and bronze medals from international science and mathematics competitions in 2014, our national contingents collected a total of 614 medals in 2015, stamping another memorable mark in the history books.

 

At the Youth Excellence in Science (YES) Awards—an annual event organized by the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) that recognizes students who win gold, silver and bronze medals in world science and mathematics contests—some of the medalists from Metro Manila and nearby provinces received their badges of honor from no less than DOST Secretary Mario Montejo. The ceremony was held on 4 February at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology in Diliman, Quezon City.

 

Of the total tally, 321 come from the national capital region, while 293 come from the other regions.

 

Philippine Science High School – Main Campus garnered the most number of international medals with 52, followed by St. Jude Catholic School and Grace Christian College with 28 and 23, respectively.

 

Montejo lauded the historic achievement of the awardees, citing efforts of DOST in promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among the youth as reinforcements in the said feat.

 

He said that while a lot of issues and challenges remain to be faced in terms of S&T, the excellence of YES medalists prove that there will be great minds to drive the field in the future.

 

“Each year, the YES Awards reminds me that despite the difficult task of creating solutions to various challenges, the future of the Philippines is bright knowing that we are developing the future leaders well,” said Montejo who urged the medalists to choose STEM fields when they go to college.

 

Montejo cited the increased scholarship slots and strengthened benefits to motivate the students to go into STEM fields.

 

“The scholarship slots have soared since 2010 and we have indeed helped produce scientists and engineers in the process. We hope to capitalize on this improvement by encouraging all gifted students to go into sciences and make their mark in the field,” he added.

 

An Awardee from the historic 2015 batch receives his YES Medal from DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.

 

Meanwhile, one of the YES Awardees, Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College addressed his fellow awardees and urged them to continue doing great in competitions.

 

Finally, DOST Undersecretary Rowena Cristina Guevara encouraged the students to follow into the foot steps of the likes of DOST scholar-graduates, Reinabelle Reyes, Gay Jane Perez, and others who are now “impact scientists” today.

 

“We have all the reasons to believe that you will be like them, if not better, in the future,” said the Undersecretary. (30)