Math-tiniks: Pinoy elementary students won four awards at international math contest

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Pinoy elementary students won four awards at the 20th Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC) held in Hong Kong from July 16 to 20.

St. Jude Catholic School’s Alvann Walter Paredes Dy won a silver medal at the contest. He said that after answering the questions in the individual contest, he felt positive that he would get a medal. He answered correctly 13 of the 15 questions.

Paredes Dy told Manila Bulletin: “I felt a sign of bronze or silver medal in my head.”

Meanwhile, John Florence Dizon of Calamba Elementary School and Walsh Nico Adrian Letran of St. Jude Catholic School each bagged a bronze medal, according to Dr. Simon Chua, chief operating officer of the Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTG), who accompanied the students to the contest.

Team leader Renard Eric Chua and deputy team leader Mikaela Angelina Uy also accompanied the students to Hong Kong.

In addition to the three medalists, Juan Rafael Landicho of Stonyhurst Southville International School bagged a merit award in a team contest.

Also competing under the Philippine flag are John David Magnaye of Holy Rosary Academy of Las Pinas City, Theodore Abara of La Salle Green Hills, Armea Helena Sien Dimayacyac of Notre Dame of Greater Manila, and Rovi Gabriel Dela Cruz of Pasig Catholic College.

Other countries and regions which joined this year’s Math contest were United States, China, Australia, Vietnam, South Africa, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Bulgaria.

The smart Filipino children will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Thursday (July 20).

Less than a month ago, Filipino high school students also bagged two silver and two bronze medals at the 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO), held in Varna City, Bulgaria from June 24 to 29.