Filipino students bag awards in international chemistry olympiads

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The high school students representing the Philippine team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (from left to right): Aames Juriel Morales (DLSU Integrated School SHS Manila), Ron Angelo Gelacio (PSHS – Main Campus), Lemuel Acosta (PSHS – Central Luzon Campus), Anne Maricar Maralit (PSHS – Main Campus). (Photo: Philippine Chemistry Olympiad/Facebook)
The high school students representing the Philippine team for the International Chemistry Olympiad (from left to right): Aames Juriel Morales (DLSU Integrated School SHS Manila), Ron Angelo Gelacio (PSHS – Main Campus), Lemuel Acosta (PSHS – Central Luzon Campus), Anne Maricar Maralit (PSHS – Main Campus). (Photo: Philippine Chemistry Olympiad/Facebook)

Students from the Philippine Science High School (PSHS) - Main Campus and Central Luzon Campus, and De La Salle University (DLSU) Integrated Senior High School (SHS) won a total of two medals and two honors during the 54th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) held remotely from Tianjin, China.

Two students from the Philippine High School, in Main and Central Luzon Campus, and DLSU Integrated SHS bagged the awards.

Aames Juriel Morales of the DLSU Integrated SHS and Ron Angelo Gelacio of the PSHS - Main Campus bagged the bronze medal, while Lemuel Acosta of the PSHS - Central Luzon Campus and Anne Maricar Maralit of the PSHS - Main Campus got honorable mentions each.

Morales and Gelacio have already represented the country in last year’s IChO held in Japan, and they won bronze and silver medals respectively.

Students from 84 different countries and regions competed in this year’s IChO held on July 10 to 18, 2022.

The students who competed in the IChO were selected as the official representatives of the Philippines after having won gold medals during the 21st Philippine National Chemistry Olympiad.

Meanwhile, the Philippines also won in the 52nd International Physics Award held remotely in Switzerland, and bagged two medals and four awards in this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad in Oslo, Norway, the oldest and most prestigious of all the scientific olympiad.

“I am very proud and happy that our Filipino students continue to excel in Mathematics and perform well in international competitions,” said Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo in a statement.

“These medals and honorable mentions are proof of their excellence, hard work and dedication and evidence that the Filipino youth are achievers in the international arena,” she added.

The IChO is an annual competition for the most talented chemistry students, and each year, countries send a team of four members and are tested for five hours on their chemistry knowledge and skills in a practical laboratory and another five hours for written theoretical examination.

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