A Grade 11 senior high school student-researcher of Schools Division Office of Quezon brought honor to CALABARZON as he made it to the top six best projects of the recently concluded National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) 2019 at Tagaytay International Convention Center, February 18 to 22.

Nathaniel N. Reyes of Quezon National High School made it to the top three best projects in the Physical Science-Individual category and has been hailed as having one of the top six best research projects with his study entitled, Ex-situ Evaluation of Magnetic and Non-magnetic Corn (Zea mays L.) Stalk Composites: Its Adsorptive Capability in the Treatment of Phosphate Contaminated Aquaculture Ponds.

Reyes pointed out that he did not believe it would happen as his last 2017 journey in research was halted when he ranked second place in their Division Science and Technology Fair.

“I did not expect that I will be included, but there was hope during the announcement of winners,” he said.

Moreover, Reyes added that he was very happy and thankful with the result, hoping to be selected and be part of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2019 Philippine delegates this coming May 12-17 at Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

“I felt very happy and thankful to God because I did not fail our division and region, and that I have the chance to be part of the Philippine delegates for the Intel ISEF 2019,” the Quezon NHS student said.

A total of 126 student-researchers across the Philippines participated in the NSTF with 66 project entries categorized as Physical Science-Individual, Physical Science-Team, Life Science-Individual, Life Science-Team, Robotics and Intelligent Machines-Individual, Robotics and Intelligent Machines-Team, and Science Innovation Exposition.

The National Science and Technology Fair (NSTF) is an annual event of the Department of Education thru the Bureau of Curriculum Development and was put to success this year in cooperation with the Gokongwei Brothers Foundation centered on the theme, innovations for sustainable development.

Further, Reyes would like to express his sincerest thanks to the people who supported him– his parents, classmates, research adviser, teachers, principal, and Science supervisors. (Carmela Ezcel A. Orogo, Education Program Supervisor, SDO Quezon Province)