52 pioneering scholars from PSHS-Zamboanga complete specialist science program

FIFTY-TWO scholars from the Philippine Science High School-Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus (PSHS-ZRC) have completed the six-year Honors Science Program of the PSHS, an agency attached to the Department of Science and Technology (DoST).

Among the graduates, Nicolien Rian Racho was awarded with the highest distinction and 31 students with the highest distinction.

Six graduates – Racho, Swiss Misley Sumalpong, Catherine Miranda, Derf Iluminado Nicklaus Cainta, Charwina Mae Somoso and Danilo Mamocay Jr. – qualified for admission with 24 scholarships to overseas universities in the United States, Australia and Germany.

The six pioneering graduates of Philippine Science High School-Zamboanga Peninsula Region Campus who have qualified for admission to universities in the United States, Australia and Germany. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

According to campus director Engr. Louie Jamora, Pisay offers the best STEM education for young people in the country and a campus in Dipolog City makes this top-notch education accessible to those gifted in science and mathematics in the Zamboanga Peninsula region as well as in the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

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“I commend our group of pioneers for showing great courage, resilience and perseverance after witnessing and experiencing the birth and development of our campus as well as the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Jamora said.

In 2021 and 2022, PSHS-ZRC students brought honors to the country by winning 118 gold, silver and bronze awards in various international university competitions, namely Hong Kong International Computational Olympiad (HKICO), Guangdong- Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area Big Bay Bei Mathematical Olympiad (BBB), Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad (TIMO), Philippines International Mathematical Olympiad (PhIMO), Hong Kong International Mathematical Olympiad (HKIMO), and Hong Kong International Science Olympiad (HKISO).

“I am confident that the students of Pisay-Zamboanga have what it takes to succeed in the paths they have chosen because PSHS has laid the foundation for lifelong learning and prepared them for s ‘engage in critical and creative thinking to become agents of change for the betterment of society,’ added Jamora.

PSHS-ZRC, one of the two youngest campuses in Pisay, opened to students in August 2016 at Dipolog Sports Complex, Olingan, Dipolog City and moved to its permanent site at Barangay Cogon, Dipolog City in October 2019 .

In 2019, Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones, DoST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, and PSHS Executive Director Lilia Habacon opened eight major Pisay-Zamboanga facilities.

“We hope our graduates will be an asset to the community through meaningful research and innovation that will benefit people and their communities,” Jamora said.

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