- A Filipina teen was hailed the champion in the international science competition, Breakthrough Junior Challenge
- 18-year-old Hillary Diane Andales from the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas campus won over P20 million
- Andales also hopes that the Philippine government will support the science programs in schools
Filipinos are once again making headlines after an 18-year-old student from the Philippine Science High School-Eastern Visayas campus was named as the grand prize winner in international science competition, Breakthrough Junior Challenge.
In a report KAMI obtained from ABS-CBN News, Grade 12 student Hillary Diane Andales from Leyte defeated 11,000 participants from 178 countries. According to the report, Andales’ entry was chosen as the champion and was awarded with a $400,000 (or more than P20 million) grand prize money.
Andales’ project wanted to prove that Filipino students could also excel in Physics. That’s why she explained one of its concepts in the simplest way possible.
“We think na ‘yung physics is all about equations,” Andales stated. “No, physics is about everything and it matters to everyone.”
Despite her victory, Andales also admitted that her success journey was never easy. The teenager revealed that she was one of the top 6 finalists when she first joined the competition in 2016.
Unfortunately, Andales was not hailed the champion. But instead of losing hope, her failure sparked her newfound determination, hence, becoming an inspiration to many students.
When asked about her dreams and aspirations in life, Andales revealed that she wanted to create a program like “Sineskwela,” which aired on ABS-CBN in the late ‘90s. For Andales, she is hoping that many Filipino students will be more interested in Physics and the Philippine government will also support the science programs in schools.
Meanwhile, Andales’ $400,000 cash prize will be divided to her school, her teacher and to herself. The school will receive $100,000 that will be used to fund the school laboratory project, which will be named after Andales.
Her teacher, on the other hand, will receive $50,000. While the remaining $250,000 will be allotted for Andales’ college scholarship.
KAMI applauds Andales for being the champion in Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2017.