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MTG KIDS TO GIVE IMAS FINALS THEIR "BEST SHOT"
Mar 04, 2020
By JERRY E. ESPLANADA
AN undisclosed number of young numbers aces from 29 countries worldwide, including more than 70 from the Philippines, will compete in the March 7 final round of the 9th International Mathematics Assessments for Schools (IMAS).
The IMAS finals will be held on Saturday (March 7) in several venues all over the country, including Hope Christian High School in Tondo, Manila, for contestants from the National Capital Region.
Among the nation's representatives are seven students who aced the IMAS first round by garnering perfect scores, or 100 percent in the annual correspondence-type competition.
Dr. Simon Chua, COO and co-founder of the non-government Mathematics Trainers' Guild Phils. (MTG), which is conducting the Philippine edition of IMAS, named the Math wizards as Andres Rico Gonzales III (De La Salle University Integrated School), Stephen James Ty (Zamboanga Chong Hua High School), Erich Paredes (Chinese International School), Chael Matthew Sze (Hope Christian High School), Jerome Austin Te (Jubilee Christian Academy), Sarji Elijah Bona (Palawam Hope Christian School), and Keean Nathaniel Tang (UNO High School).
Sixty-seven other students who got high scores during the first round last December 7 will join the perfect scorers in the IMAS finals.
Like Chua, other MTG officers, including Dr. Isidro Aguilar, Dr. Eduardo dela Cruz, Roberto Degolacion, Manuel Kotah and Joseph Wee, expressed confidence the Filipino students will give the IMAS finals their "best shot," and make the country and their respective schools and families proud anew.
IMAS, which is based in Taiwan, is headed by Prof. Sun Wen-Hsien.
Aside from the Philippines, Math students from the following countries are also taking part in the IMAS: Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Cyprus, Fiji, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iran, Laos, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
The other top performing Filipino students during the IMAS first round were Shaun Lawrence Poh Leung from St. Stephen High School; Jose Ma. Bernardo II from Ateneo de Manila University Junior High School; Ervin Joshua Bautsta from Southville International School; Matthew Charles Carpio from University of Baguio Science High School; Mohammad Nur Casib from Philippine Science High School-CMC; Shawn Darren Chua from MGC New Life Christian Academy; Fedrick Lance Lim from Zamboanga Chong Hua High School; Alvann Walter Paredes Dy from Sty. Jude Catholic School; Shane Franklin So from Grace Christian College; Gwyneth Margaux Tangob from Southville International School; Matthew Shawn Tansiongkun from Xavier School San Juan; Filbrt Ephrain Wu from Victory Christian International School; Reuben Joseph Felix from De La Salle Lipa; Paul Vincent Navarro from Stonyhurst Southville International School; Jesse Alexander Mancao from Don Bosco Technical Institute-Tarlac; Zedlian Tadeo Pagtakhan from Colegio San Agustin-Binan; and James Martin Young, John Florence Dizon and Benjamin Jacob, all from Philippine Science High School-Main Campus, among others.
They are all trainees of the MTG, which has been promoting excellence in Math education and keeping up with international training standards in its 200-plus partner schools nationwide since the group's establishment in 1995.
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