Plaridel, Bulacan – For the first time in its school history, eighteen (18) Mathematics enthusiasts from the Elementary department of Montessori De Sagrada Familia (MDSF) joined the recently concluded Elimination Round of the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge (MMC) 2020 held at Plaridel Elementary School, Jan. 16.
Armed with different mathematical formulas plus their overflowing interest in the subject, six teams from Grades 1-6 competed against other schools’ representatives from the various Elementary schools in the Division of Bulacan. The problem-solving abilities of the delegation of MDSF were challenged by 51 other teams from both public and private schools.
Each team from different grade levels was composed of three pupils who were painstakingly trained by their respective coaches. The Grade 1 team was composed of Alden Miguel Narciso, Antonio Jesus Nunes, and John Paulmac Lastrilla who were trained by T. Mariver Mangulabnan, T. Jastine Santos and T. Jucel Salvador. On the other hand, the Grade 2 team trained by Sir Jomar Dela Cruz and T. Kia Legarda, was comprised of Zeth Alexander Ganon, Pia Nouvell Lopez and Ryke Cenwig Romano. Moreover, Sir John Louise Ortega readied the Grade 3 team comprising of Gieyan Mundthiel Calma, Audrey Denise Palencia and Victor Angelo Olavidez.
Montessori De Sagrada Familia was also represented by 3 more teams from the Upper Grade School Department. The Grade 4 team was made up of Samuel Dedase, Timothy John Lanting and Angela Garcia who were trained by T. Reynalyn Juani. Moreover, T. Ellen Del Rosario prepared the team of Grade 5 comprising of James Benedict Carlos, John Karlo Sagum and Michaela Aquisha De Guzman. Lastly, the Grade 6 team of Angelo Mananghaya, Karl Einon De Belen and Jared Miguel Aure who were trained and readied by T. Lolit Sta. Ana and T. Reynalyn Juani did not fail to represent the school well.
The whole day competition was started with an opening message from the Schools Division Superintendent of the Division of Bulacan Dr. Germelina H. Pascual CESO V. After her talk, all contestants went to their respective testing rooms for the contest proper. Each grade level was judged by five high school Math teachers from different schools in the province.
Proving that excellence is indeed in the blood of every Sagradan, two teams from the delegation of MDSF outshined other groups as they were able to hitch a spot in the top 20, making them qualified to compete in the next round of the prestigious competition.
The team of Ganon, Lopez and Romano of Grade 2 bested 44 other groups as they placed 8th in their grade level after answering 30 rigid Math questions. Meanwhile, after solving 50 complex Math problems, the Grade 6 team of Mananghaya, De Belen and Aure managed to secure the 11th spot in their grade level. Furthermore, Mananghaya was awarded as the 2nd highest pointer out of 156 Grade 6 pupils after scoring 43 out of 50 math problems correctly.
In a Facebook post, Sir Jomar Dela Cruz, the Subject Area Supervisor for Mathematics of the Elementary Department of MDSF is asking for everyone’s support and prayers as the MTAP journey of both Grade 2 and Grade 6 teams are not yet over for they are set to advance to the Division Final Round of MMC 2020 on February 6.
Now on its 19th year, the competition aims to awaken greater interest in Math among Filipino learners, challenge them to strive for mathematical excellence, and empower mathematically talented learners with awards and recognitions for them to serve as models to the youth.
MMC is an annual Math competition carried out by Metrobank Foundation Inc. (MBFI), Mathematics Teachers’ Association of the Philippines (MTAP), and the Department of Education (DepEd), in cooperation with its regional and schools division offices.
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