Pinay student beats 11,000 students all over the world to win prestigious Science contest

Image Capture of Video by Breakthrough Prize and Image by Hillary Andales via Facebook accounts

Wow! A Filipina student, Hillary Diane Andales, won the prestigious Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

Breakthrough is a nonprofit organization that aims to support and honor students who excel in the field of Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics.

Andales from Palo, Leyte is a student of The Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas.

Her video on reference frames in general relativity was chosen among the close to 11,000 students from 178 countries all over the world. As the winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, Andales brings home $250,000 in educational prizes. Her teacher also gets $50,000 and her school a new science laboratory worth $100,000 from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Last year, Andales already made it to the final stage of the same competition but it was only this time that she finally won. She won the popularity vote allowing her to bypass judging and make it to the finals.

On her Facebook page, Andales shared that her mission “is to inspire more Filipinos, especially young girls, to appreciate and ultimately enter the field of science.”

The Breakthrough Prize Ceremony was truly a big event. It was hosted by actor Morgan Freeman on December 3 (US time) at no less than the NASA Ames Research Facility.

You can watch Andales’ winning video via Breakthrough Facebook page.

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Posted by Breakthrough on Monday, October 23, 2017