MANILA – Filipino high school students bagged four medals at a math Olympiad in Bulgaria.
Vincent Dela Cruz of Valenzuela City School of Mathematics and Science and Bryce Ainsley Sanchez of Grace Christian College won silver medals for the Philippines at the 21st Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad (JBMO), which was held in Varna City, Bulgaria from June 24 to 29.
Immanuel Josiah Balete of St. Stephen’s High School and Eion Nikolai Chua of International School Manila, on the other hand, each won a bronze medal. Also part of the contest was Aiman Andrei Kue of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School.
The five contestants were accompanied by coaches James Kelvin Martin and Hazel Joy Shi.
“We are very proud of these young Filipino math wizards for their achievement. This is the result of their hard work,” Dr. Isidro Aguilar, president of Mathematics Trainers Guild-Philippines (MTG), said in a statement released Friday.
This year’s JBMO was organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Bulgaria and Bulgarian Mathematical Society in cooperation with Balkan countries.
Aside from the Philippines, other participants came from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Bulgaria, France, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
MTG, an organization of math experts, has been training and sending Filipino students to international math contests since 1995.