Mapúa SHS hailed champion in SIHAY National Biology Olympiad 2019
Team from Mapúa University’s Senior High School in the SIHAY National Biology Olympiad awarding ceremony
Mapúa University takes pride in its Senior High School (SHS) students for being the overall champion in the 22nd SIHAY National Biology Olympiad (NBO) held at the University of the Philippines Los Baños last March 2 to 3.
This year’s competition was organized by the UP Cell Biological Society and was anchored on the theme "Pinnacle Potential: Tracing the Paths of Differentiation and Repair through Stem Cell Biotechnology.”
Mapúa bested all its 22 competitors from various high schools nationwide, earning spots in all of the categories’ top ten places and garnering a total score of 1,765 out of the 2,050 overall points. Categories include on-the-spot poster-making contest, feature writing, the Junior Life Sciences Research Olympiad, impromptu speaking contest, and the Biology Quiz Contest.
Grades 11 and 12 students from the University’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand represented Mapúa in the competition. Andrea Nicole Villasanta placed second in the on-the-spot poster-making contest. Mark Vincent Yap ranked third in the feature writing category. Yannis Belle Macatol ranked fifth in the Junior Life Sciences Research Olympiad. Kirk Benedict Beau Damian placed 10th in the impromptu speaking contest. Edette Micah Agub, Jose Gabriel Escorial, and Gabriel Francis Almario ranked eighth in the Biology Quiz Contest. The students underwent a rigorous training of one month leading up to the competition under Engr. Hazel Jean Soriano and Prof. Ma. Liza Coralyn Mundo of Mapúa SHS.
“Our Senior High School students’ achievement in the recent Biology Olympiad is a testament to Mapúa’s excellence in its academics. The diversity of our programs’ disciplines has produced exemplary students who are able to compete not only in the fields of engineering and technology but also in the life science category,” said Engr. Soriano, team coach and adviser of the Mapúa SHS Science Club.
Mapúa University was awarded the SIHAY-NBO Perpetual trophy and a cash prize of P30,000. It was the second time that the University joined the competition.