Being first timers isn’t an excuse for winning.

All efforts paid off as 15 students of Talipan National High School (TNHS) moved their way up to the top and bagged the championship in the 2019 National Science Quest SciMode Tech dance contest held at Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City, February 8-10.

Despite being first timers in the annual competition, TNHS dancers composed of Kriesha Amido, Janele Catalia, Hanna Lamdrid, Cindy Margarette Lucila, Kimberly Obciana, Rica Geneva Porte, Trisha Tinamisan, Christian Erik Billanes, Charlie Cabile, Michael Roy Eubañas, James Clark Geraldo, Wendell Orig, Stephen Peguerra, Mark Pondivida, and Marco Tinamisan managed to clinch the top spot among seven other groups from different parts of the country.

According to Mayla Cecilia E. Go, Science Teacher and coach, it was really the students’ effort and passion combined with their talents that made them champions, despite it being the school’s first year of participation in the Regional and National Science Quests.

“Sinubukan lang talaga naming sumali…First time naming mag-compete sa regionals at nanalo then nag-qualify din agad sa nationals and luckily nag-champion pa. Sobrang nakakatuwa at nakakamangha talaga ang husay ng mga bata,” said Go.

The group outshined seven other groups like Rosales NHS and Tayug NHS from Pangasinan, Masbate National Comprehensive HS from Bicol Region and International Science High School from Cavite Province.

Meanwhile, two other students from TNHS, Myra O. Alfon and Hanz Kimyell C. Orozco participated in Science Quiz Bee and Rubik’s Cube Competitions respectively together with their mentors Marietta E. Capistrano, Kristine May Leoparte, and TNHS Head Teacher in Science Rowena P. Albaran.

This year’s National Science Quest of the Association of Science Educators in the Philippines (ASEP) is anchored with the theme “Technology Advancement through Research, Inventions and Innovations in Sustaining Quality of Life.” (Jerwin S. Tierra, Talipan National High School (TNHS), SDO Quezon Province)