‘Brilliant!': Oriental Mindoro National High School in Calapan City emerges grand champion in int’l science project tilt

The Oriental Mindoro National High School (OMNHS) in Calapan City has emerged as grand champion in the virtual INTOC Global’s International Science Project Competition held from May 29 to June 5.

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In a Facebook post, OMNHS school principal Nimrod F. Bantigue congratulated their senior high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learners for bagging five gold, two silver and two bronze medals, making the largest public high school in Oriental Mindoro as the overall champion.

"As we commit to the school's legacy of excelIence, I am very pleased to the astounding performance of our learners and teacher - coaches who did very well in the INTOC International Science Project Competition,” he told the Manila Bulletin in an interview.

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He said their students' feat at the international event showed OMNHS’ "dedication to continue soaring higher despite the limitations set by the pandemic.”

"I would also like to thank and congratulate the parents of these talented and skilled learners for allowing and supporting their children all throughout the competition. Again, congratulations to all. OMNHS is truly proud of you.”

For this year, there are 180 finalists from 21 participating countries.

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Students Angelique Kyla P. Ramirez (project leader), Neil Edward L. Ramos, Jeff Janssen B. Arellano, Don Pedro D. Lano, and Jazer O. Averilla received the gold award for presenting “Re-BOT (The 3R Project): A Hybrid Approach to Collection, Segregation and Filtration Mechanism” project.

The students were coached by Jobelle G. Fajardo, Mark Jefrfry V. Coz, Lorraine Mara M. Alzate, and Ruth Tamara C. Encarnacion.

The gold award was also given to the team of Hanz Tristan M. Cabanding (project leader), Isaac Garrick P. Goco, John Aries P. Layette, John Dominic T. Romasanta, and Avelino Jr. T. Canilang for their “SIGBANK: Portable Signal Repeater with Powered Power Bank” project.

Jay-R DC Osorio, Alzate, and Angelou C. Mejes served as their coaches.

The project titled “Waste Tire Pad As An Alternative Low-Cost Seismic Base Isolation” presented by Sofia Karel M. Daitol as project leader, Ellyn Cathrin C. Bayani, and Mark Joseph B. Pangiinan also emerged victorious, bagging the gold prize.

They were coached by Engr. Diana Ross D. Diaz, Arlan E. Bolasco, Anna Maria F. Tolentino, and Maria Rovy Ann H. Rodriguez.

Students Lara Nicole B. Carpio (project leader) and Faye Louise C. Oller also got gold medal for showcasing their “Determination of Force Pupation Property Longevity Plant (Gynura procumbent) by Critical Period and Morphometric Analysis of Papilio demoleus: Biocontrol Alternative for Critically Endangered Insects” project.

Coz, Bolasco, and Mejes served as their coaches.

The gold medal was likewise conferred to students Rizhaele Joyse B. Apigo (project leader), John Keizzer M. Castillo, Pamela Nicole M. Cueto, Mikke Nicole H. Laterza, and Jether Marion E. Ramirez for their “BRIGHT HANDS: Hand-Gesture Controlled Robotic Arm with Built-In Flex Sensors and Arduino Uno as an Assistive Device” project.

The students were coached by Vanessa S. Camara, Miko Anselm A. Gallon, Engr. Diana Ross D. Diaz and Jiselle C. Dela Vega.

The two teams of OMNHS were declared as silver medal awardees.

The project titled “Analysis of Waste Tire Pads as Innovative Low-Cost Seismic Base Isolator” was conferred second prize. It was presented by team of Zandara Mae V. Festin (project leader), Jacqueline D. Reyes and Matthew Allan A. Bugarin.

The students’ advisers are Rodriguez, Camara, and MIko Anselm A. Gallon.

Student Julia Lenina Z. Villas got the same award for presenting “The Efficiency of using the Handy Formula as an alternative for the Trial-And Error method in factoring Quadratic Trinomials.”

They were coached by Dionisio M. Barrientos, Jobelle G. Fajardo, and Mark C. Datinguinoo.

Two other teams of OMNHS bagged bronze medals.

“The XO Chart: A Statistical Approach to Predictive Gender Identification of an Offspring” project landed the third spot. Students John Lloyd F. Jonson (project leader) , Lizel L. Clarin, and Aries A. Logmao Jr. initiated the project.

They were coached by Dela Vega and Encarnacion.

Students Rizhaele Joyse B. Apigo, John Keizzer M. Castillo, Pamela Nicole M. Cueto, Mikke Nicole H. Latorza, and Jether Marion E. Ramirez received the same award for their “Pix: Alternative Method of Solving High Order Derivative of Function with Positive Integral Exponent.”

Datinguinoo, Bolasco, Osorio and Barrientos served as their coaches.

Bolasco served as one of the judges at the INTOC Global competition.

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In its website, INTOC Global, a young and international organization said its aim is "to encourage and bring together productive young minds to produce solutions for the real problems of the world."

"INTOC Global has succeeded in bringing together scientists originated from prestigious institutions such as CERN, MIT, Koc, Sabanci and Bilkent Universities with over one thousand students from various continents.”