Tuguegarao elementary student bags 4 medals from China math contest

A grade school student from Tuguegarao, Cagayan brought home three gold medals and one silver from the China Primary Math Olympiad held last July 26 to 27 in Zhejiang, China.

Miguel Isidro Cayetano (3rd from right) is seen with the PH contingent. Photo credit: Cagayan Now Facebook page

Miguel Isidro Cayetano (3rd from right) is seen with the PH contingent. Photo credit: Cagayan Now Facebook page

Miguel Isidro Cayetano, a Grade 5 student at the Tuguegarao West Central School, is no stranger to international competitions as he had previously won a gold medal at the International Mathematics Competition in 2016 and a silver medal at the Singapore International Mathematics Olympiad Challenge (SIMOC) in 2015.

Department of Education (DepEd) secretary Leonor Briones expressed immense pride in Cayetano’s triumph, “One of my dreams for the Filipino youth is that one day, they are able to conquer the world as the next Stephen Hawking, as the next brilliant mind whose critical thinking enables them to navigate the exciting world of knowledge and apply their learning in contributing to nation building. Miguel is truly one of the young achievers heeding that call, and we hope that the country will be able to produce more of them.”

Cayetano, who consistently tops his class since he was in Grade 1, was one of the awardees during the 42nd Founding Anniversary of DepEd Region 2.

According to his teacher, the young math wizard remains a humble and diligent student despite being a constant pride of his parents and fellow Cagayanos.

Likewise, 79 young Filipino achievers in math performed well during the recent SIMOC held at the prestigious National University of Singapore (NUS) from July 14-17, and the World Math Invitational (WMI) held in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam from July 14-18.

In this year’s SIMOC, 39 Grades 2 to 10 learners from the Philippines battled it out against 1,200 students from 20 Asian countries.

Three learners went home as grand champions in their respective levels, while 12 reaped gold, 10 bagged silver, 11 earned bronze, and six received merit awards in the written individual contest.

The Philippine delegation secured one gold, two silver, and two bronze medals in the math warriors team contest, and one bronze in the mind sports challenge.

Another Philippine delegation made waves in WMI where over a thousand students from Bulgaria, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and Vietnam vied for top awards.

WMI is the first international competition founded by Taiwan, and has been held in Korea, Taiwan, China, and Malaysia. The team comprised of students from different schools brought home three trophies for overall champions, nine gold, 19 silver, nine bronze, and three merit awards.

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