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Php20 Million won by PSHS-EV Student

Hillary Diane Andales of  PSHS - EV, this year's winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Hillary Diane Andales won in this year’s Breakthrough Junior Challenge. The Grade 12 student from the Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas campus (PSHS-EV) won the top plum with her entry in the international science competition. She was able to come out on top out of a field composed of 11,000 competitors worldwide.

The annual science competition was organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation wherein the participants will send their entries using videos. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation is composed of known scientists, academics and industry leaders such as Jack Ma.

The concept is “bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.” The Breakthrough Junior Challenge aims “to inspire creative thinking about science.”  

Each year, the top prize amounts to US$400,000.00 (Php20 million) and the winner of the competition will get a college scholarship worth US$250,000.00. The school will receive US$100,000.00. In this regard, the amount will be used by the school in acquiring equipment for the school laboratory which has already been named for Ms. Andales.  The teacher/adviser of Andales will receive US$50,000.00

What inspires Andales is that she was able to simplify concepts of science and physics that will not intimidate students but will instead inspire them to be more interested in both science and physics. This will result in more students taking up science course that will help in the country’s development in the future. Also, it is hoped that the government will increase its focus on science and technology education.

Andales was also a participant in the 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge wherein she was able to reach the semifinals.

That endeavor last year was supported by Senator Bam Aquino and Vice President Leni Robredo.

This year, Andales was able to achieve her own “Breakthrough.”

Techblade has featured Hillary Diane Andales since last year’s competition and is one with the Filipino nation in congratulating her.

Please find the link of Techblade’s previous articles about Ms. Andales.

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