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PSHS Student Enters Breakthrough Junior Challenge Finals!

Hillary Diane Andales, has entered the Breakthrough Junior Challenge Finals. The 17 year old PSHS-EV Campus student hurdled the Nov. 9, 2016 voting and has barged into the finals. Her video presentation on Feynman’s Path Integrals garnered 40,000 likes and more than 30,000 views.

Andales is now in the Top 6 and will compete in the finals. She bested 6,000 entries from 146 countries and has a chance to attend the awarding at Silicon Valley in the United States on Dec. 4, 2016.

Hillary Diane Andales with her entry said her presentation is based on a universal concept that can be applied to all aspects of life, from science, social studies and politics. Hers is the lone Philippine entry to the competition.

Andales would like to thank those who viewed, liked and shared the video.

“I cannot thank enough for all who made efforts to view, like and share the video in social media. Philippines you help made it happen,” Andales said in her Facebook post.

Sen. Bam Aquino also solicited support for her and now, Vice President Leni Robredo has pitched in in calling for support

The Junior Challenge, now on its second year, was launched by the Breakthrough Prize foundation in order to showcase the scientific knowledge of the world’s young leaders in development, and also to promote science awareness among the general public.

The Breakthrough Prize was founded in 2012 by Sergey Brin and Anne Wokcicki, Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang, Yuri and Julia Milner, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.

The DOST said the video has caught the attention of former Harvard University assistant professor and esteemed String Theorist Lubos Motl.

In his popular physics blog, he lauds the entry saying: “Andales of the Philippines and her musings about the path integral could be my winner.”

Andales was overwhelmed that the Harvard professor has recognized and had good words for her video entry.

She said winning means a lot to her and the school. Andales dreamed of going to Harvard University for post graduate course after taking Physics at the University of the Philippines Diliman Campus.

Andales was featured in TechBlade last Nov. 4, 2016.

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