Batac: Ilocos Norte’s Young Math Wizards triumph at Hong Kong International Olympiad


Five mathematics wizards from Sarrat National High School (SNHS) bagged awards at the recently concluded Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad, held on August 25 to 28, 2023.

Brian Jansen Vallejo, Allen Iver Barroga, Zyrene Angelica Dulluog, Natalie Margaret Balisacan, and Ma Cassandra Reich Doque, accompanied by their coaches Mr. Michael Malvar, Ms. Agnes Calilao, and Ms. Jenifer Balisacan, received awards, namely one World Champion award, one World Star award, two World First Runner-Up titles, and five Gold awards.

17 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, and Oceania competed in the said Math Olympiad.

The team is now gearing up as they will compete again in the World International Math Olympiad in Hanoi, Vietnam, this upcoming December.

Last year, the same team earned five gold medals at the Thailand International Mathematics Olympiad.

In recognition of their achievement, the students received cash gifts from the provincial government, yesterday, as they paid their courtesy call with Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc and other provincial officials.

Mr. Malvar, one of the coaches of the “mathletes”, expressed his gratitude to the the provincial government, led by Gov. Marcos Manotoc, and the Provincial Education Office for their support particularly in terms of financial assistance, which has been instrumental in allowing the team to compete in the international level.

SNHS is the first school in the province with a special program for mathematics under the Department of Science and Technology. (Mariell J. Pahinag)

(Source: Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte – Communications & Media Office)

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