Pinoy kids shine in Romania math contest

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Young Filipino elementary and high school students bagged 16 medals and awards in an international math competition in Romania.

The Philippines joined the 17th Clock Tower School International Mathematics Contest, held from March 20 to 23 in the capital city of Ramnicu Valcea in Valcea, Romania.

Filipino students show their medals at the 17th Clock Tower School International Mathematics Contest awarding ceremony in Romania. (Front row, from left to right) Eion Nikolai Chua, Stefan Marcus Ong, William Joshua King and Dion Stephan Ong, and (back row from left to right) team leader Justin Josef Villano, Jinger Chong, Gen Mark Tanno, Tiffany Mae Ong and Alyana Zoie Chua. (Photo by MTG)
Filipino students show their medals at the 17th Clock Tower School International Mathematics Contest awarding ceremony in Romania. (Front row, from left to right) Eion Nikolai Chua, Stefan Marcus Ong, William Joshua King and Dion Stephan Ong, and (back row from left to right) team leader Justin Josef Villano, Jinger Chong, Gen Mark Tanno, Tiffany Mae Ong and Alyana Zoie Chua. (Photo by MTG)

Filipino students won 3 gold, 3 silver, and 1 bronze medals, as well as an honorable mention in the individual contest, and 3 second places, 2 third places, and 3 honorable mentions in the Blitz round.

“We are very proud that all our eight Filipino contestants won in the competition,” said Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG).

The country’s gold medalists in the contest are Dion Stephan Ong, Grade 5 at Ateneo de Manila University Grade School; William Joshua King, Grade 5 at Bethany Christian School and Jinger Chong, Grade 6 at St. Jude Catholic School.

Winning silver medals are Gen Mark Tanno, Grade 8 at Southville International School and Colleges; Eion Nikolai Chua, Grade 5 at MGC New Life Christian Academy; and Stefan Marcus Ong, Grade 5 at St. Jude Catholic School.

Tiffany Mae Ong of Immaculate Conception Academy won a bronze medal, while Alyana Zoie Chua of MGC New Life Christian Academy was awarded honorable mention.

In addition, they also won awards in the Blitz round where contestants were given limited time to solve problems.

Tanno, Dion Stephan Ong, and Tiffany Mae Ong won second place while Stefan Marcus Ong and Chong won third place.

Honorable mentions went to King and siblings Alyana Zoie and Eion Nikolai Chua. The Philippine team leader is Justin Josef Villano.

A total of 561 students from all over Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Serbia, Indonesia, and the Philippines joined the contest, which was organized by Romania?s Ministry of National Education, Mathematical Society of Romania, Valcea County School Inspectorate and Valcea Teacher Training.

The Philippine delegation will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at about 7:25PM on Thursday, March 25, via KLM flight 807.

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