|Kenneth Co (center) and Henry Jefferson Morco (second from right) with the rest of the Philippine contingent at the 2011 IMO. File photo
MANILA, Philippines – Two Filipino high school students bagged a bronze medal each at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), which is considered as the hardest mathematics competition in the world.
Kenneth Co of Philippine Science High School-Diliman and Mikaela Angeline Uy of Saint Jude Catholic School scored 14 points each to get bronze medals in the competition, which was held in Argentina from July 4 to 16.
Co and Uy continued the Philippines’ streak of getting at least a bronze medal in the IMO since 2008.
Henry Jefferson Morco of Chiang Kai Shek College, who won bronze in last year’s IMO, secured an honorable mention after scoring 13 points.
According to the Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI), this year’s performance is similar to the country’s medal heave in 1991, which ranks as the second highest haul of medals in Philippine history.
The country’s best performance is in 1988, when the Philippine contingent won three bronze medals, DOST-SEI added.
”It brings us great joy and pride that this recent haul of medals in the extremely difficult IMO signifies the continuous improvement of our students in mathematics. We can be optimistic that in the coming years, our performance will only get better,” DOST-SEI director Dr. Filma Brawner said in a statement.
Brawner said the agency will continue to support the Philippine representatives in the IMO and help them nurture their skills.
”We are committed to maintain this winning tradition through various support programs as we recognize these students’ key roles in bolstering our pool of S&T professionals. We surely welcome them and their gifts in the science family and hope that they take part in motivating others in joining us as well,” she said.