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Baguio, Benguet top other Cordillera DepEd divisions in 2020 math competition

DepEd Cordillera director Estela Carino during a meeting with her staff. From the DepEd Cordillera Facebook page

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Baguio Department of Education schools divisions edged out neighbor Benguet in the 2020 Mathematical Investigation Competition, the Department of Education – Cordillera announced recently.

In memorandum 006—2021 signed by DepEd – Cordillera director Estela Carino and received by DepEd Baguio last January 8, Baguio and Benguet took two wins each to rule the competition open to Grades 4 to 12 from both public and private schools.

During the virtual awards ceremony on December 23 of last year streamed live over DepEd Tayo Cordillera Facebook page, Baguio got two gold medals in the elementary and high school divisions of Key Stage 2 and 4 are Charles John Diosan of Gibraltar Elementary School and Baguio City National High School’s Stephen dela Torre, respectively.

Diosan won with his entry “Building Match Sticks Sequence Using Regular Octagons,” while dela Torre’s “Pointed Shurikens” was also favored by the judges in the competition held online.

On the other hand, Ashnica Zarein Balauin and Meishael Chyne Abellera of Puguis ES and Kendrick Diaten, Franelyn Dale Jose and Ishtar Karylle Songot of Cordillera Regional Science High School topped the same key stages but for the group division.

The winners from Puguis had “Solving the Perimeter of Expanding Equilateral Triangle” as entry, while the group winners had “The Length of a Leg of the Trapezoid of a Side of a Rhombus in the Truncated Square Pyramid” and the “Volume, the Total Lateral Surface Area, and Total Surface Area of the Truncated Square Pyramid in the nth Iteration.”

Baguio, however, took precedence after going home with one silver and two third place finishes to emerge the top winner in the competitions.

The pair of Hazjezhia Grace Sumensin and Michael Go of Bakakeng ES placed second to Benguet in group category of Key Stage 2.

Third place finishes for Baguio include Richardyne Lei Soralde of Pines City National High Schoolin the individual category of Key Stage 3 and Athena Karhylle Lazo and Mykhailla Jzemigma Abad in the group category of same key stage.

Benguet finished third in the individual category of Key Stage 4 with Karen Joy Canabe of CRSHS.

Apayao is the third DepEd division with the most wins with one first place finish and two second place honors.

Samara Yancee Tacas of the Apayao Science High School topped Psalms Wenrose Portugal of the Tabuk City National High School disputed the top honor in the individual category of Key Stage 3.

The Golden Petals entry of Tacas bested Portugal’s “The Area of a Growing Germ of Life and the Circumference of the Circle Circumnavigating it in the nth Stage.”

However, it was the reverse in group division of said key stage as TCNHS’s Ryza Jennine Atienza, Lhyzael Alethea Magno and Rubijane Padang coming out as the victor with their work “The Area and Circumference of Eight Petal Lotus Flower in the nth Stage.”

The work of Cristalyn Alunday, Heidy Lei Cacayan and Mylyn Mandingwan of Tappo Vocational High School in Apayao was adjudged second best.

Abra has one silver and one bronze finishes in the individual and group categories of Key Stage 2, while Ifugao has one third place finish in the individual Key Stage 2.

The competition was held from September 1 to October 15 of last year with an online orientation of SIDO education program supervisors for mathematics held on September 4.

With the theme: “providing quality, accessible, relevant, mathematics education for all in the new normal,” the MI competition intends to facilitate the integration of learning outcomes in Mathematics and across curriculum areas within the Basic Education K-to-12 curriculum.”

The competition also “provides learners with the opportunity to discover the practical applications of Mathematics.”

Likewise, it is to “develop Mathematics learner research and communication skills,…” as well as “support independent and collaborative learning.”

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