L-R: IDS Team coach, Ms Ivy Claire V. Mordeno, and Grade 10 students, Princess Hannan I. Tumog, Abdel-Nasher S. Tanggor, and Fraunhofer Sherlock J. Sajonia. (Photo by: Mr. Merrill Mercado Sajonia)
THE weekend offers an electrifying development for MSU-IIT, particularly for its high school family – the Integrated Developmental School (IDS), as news of the victory of its representatives to one of the most popular quiz shows in Northern Mindanao reaches home.
Grade 10 pupils Fraunhofer Sherlock J. Sajonia, Abdel-Nasher S. Tanggor, and Princess Hannan I. Tumog, who compose the IDS team sent to Cagayan de Oro on Friday (December 2), edges out 35 other teams from different secondary schools all over Northern Mindanao to win the championship in the STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI) Energy Quiz.
Friday’s win solidifies IDS’s hold over the long-running energy quiz show that is now on its 12th year.
This is actually the 4th time IDS emerges as champion of the SPI Energy Quiz, previously winning in 2012, 2013, and 2014.
The victory is especially sweet for IDS as it beats Xavier University High School of Cagayan de Oro for the championship, and by just one point.
To recall, IDS’s winning streak in the energy quiz show is broken by Xavier in 2015.
“It means a lot, considering the fact that we could feel that the school [IDS] really wanted to win it that bad,” Sajonia says of the victory.
Sajonia describes the atmosphere at the competition as “super intense,” but explains it off as just “mostly unintentional pressure from everyone involved”.
The IDS team is chaperoned to the Lim Ket Kai Mall where the competition is held by coaches Ivy Claire V. Mordeno and Alma Gloria L. Silva.
“We are very happy because this is a Regional contest, and all our efforts paid off,” Mordeno says.
Sponsoring the quiz bowl is the STEAG SPI, a German-owned coal energy company established in 1995 to build, operate, and maintain Mindanao’s first coal-fired power plant. The company prides itself in being a leader in advanced coal power-generation technology.
The annual SPI Energy Quiz is conducted as the company’s way of promoting energy conservation and the understanding of efficient energy use.
The winning team from the Integrated Developmental School of the MSU-IIT’s College of Education (CEd)
The MSU-IIT Integrated Developmental School (IDS) team was hailed the champion in the 2014 STEAG State Power Inc. Energy Quiz held on December 5, 2014 at Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.
According to Sunstar Philippines, “the annual event has become one of the much awaited campus competitions among high schools in Northern Mindanao as it provides opportunities among students to demonstrate and prove their competence and knowledge in the fields of science and energy.”
On its tenth year, STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) showed a video of the past years winners which included the following schools: Lumbia National High School (2005); Xavier University (2006); Bayanga National High School (2007); Xavier University (2008); St. Mary School (2009); Rosevale School (2010); Regional Science High School (2011); MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology IDS (2012); and, MSU-Iligan Institute of Technology IDS (2013).
The IDS is the first school to win the championship for three consecutive years since the contest began in 2005.
Over the years, the SPI has been collaborating with Department of Education Region 10 to organize the annual quiz show, which aims to “promote academic excellence among the youth as well as develop among them a special interest in the science of energy via a friendly contest and intellectual competition.”
The quiz show includes facts, laws and current events pertaining to electricity, energy and other subjects relating to chemistry and physics.
About 30 teams from various private and public high schools in Region 10 participated in this year’s STEAG quiz show.
The winning team from IDS was composed of senior high school students: Brandon Kristoff Apat, Lance Cedrick Infante, and Vhebs Terez Buhion with coach-adviser Ms. Ivy Claire V. Mordeno and assistant coach Ms. Alma Gloria Silva.
When the coach-adviser Ms. Mordeno was asked by the press how she prepared the students for the competition, she said that most of the questions relating to chemistry and physics were already discussed in the classroom.
The students did not need to study the topics for the competition because the topics are already integrated in the curriculum. The role of the coach is just to review the topics, Mordeno said.
The other winners were: Liceo de Cagayan University, and Angelicum Learning Center won second and third places respectively in the said event. – Contributed news for OC-OPI