After one whole school year of adjusting to the new normal, NeMA is finally back in offering numerous extracurricular activities for the students to enjoy and participate in. Last October 25-29, our institution celebrated Sci-Math Week with the theme, “Science, Research, and Technology: Our Partners for Stable and Prosperous Society”, and conducted the Sci-Math Culmination last October 29, 2021, via Zoom and FB Live. The ever-active Sci-Math Club Coordinators have come up with a set of new virtual activities where every student has the chance to participate.
The SciMathGenic event was deemed to be the most challenging one among others. Each section must have a male and female representative who would showcase their creativity and originality in making a costume made with recyclable materials that will reflect their interpretation of this year’s theme and express it through fashion. With only a limited time given to create each of their costumes, everyone did a great job representing their sections and showcasing their unique sense of style. Ashly Sapuang from Grade 11-Carnelian and Jorem de Ramos from Grade 12-Beryl were both hailed as the Mr. and Ms. Sc-MathGenic 2021. Followed by Ms. Charity Lamalinao from Grade 12-Beryl and Mr. Dunhill Balasico from Grade 11-Carnelian, who both won second place in the Male and Female Category. Finishing the top 3 were Ms. Carlin Sumatra and Mr. Kent Roche.
Aside from letting students showcased their creativity and originality through fashion, the Club Coordinators also came up with the “House of Polygons” event where one representative from each section can still exhibit their creativity and originality through making an extraordinary house made of polygons still with the use of recyclable materials. Judged by the number of polygons used and their work presentation, Blessie Cunado from Grade 11-Chalcedony topped the event with the total accumulated points of 78/80, followed by Kristine Cubelo from Grade 10-Garnet with 73/80 points, and Rose Jave Buo from Grade 12-Bery with 63/80 points.
Those who love writing their minds out showcased their superb writing skills as they formulate a unique Sci-Math letter which consists of formulas, and concepts revolving in the world of Science and Mathematics. There should only be one representative per year level. After careful considerations based on effective and observable use of Sci-Math terms, grammar correctness, coherence of ideas, and the clarity of the message being conveyed, the following individuals are the ones who topped the Sci-Math Letter event, respectively: Znyel Kyara Abawan from Grade 9-Diamond, Grenade Panes from Grade 12-Beryl, and Franchette Cullantes from Grade 10.
Music-minded students paved their way in Song Composition wherein each year level must have a representative may it be in a form of solo, duo, trio, quartet, or group performance. The lyrics of the song must adhere to this year’s Sci-Math theme. Their final output would be judged according to the coherence of the lyrics to the theme, melody of the song, and stage presence. Every representative did a phenomenal job composing a song within a short period, but only three individuals were acclaimed as the Top 3 with Znyel Kyara from Grade 9-Diamond leading the ranking, followed by Alora Cabiling from Grade 12-Beryl, and then Shanice Solloso from Grade 11-Jacinth.
While the Sci-Math Club Culmination is ongoing, the representatives of each year level for the On-the-Spot Poster Making started making a poster that will exhibit their skills in drawing. Critiqued by its creativity and presentation, originality, relevance to the theme, and artistic composition, three winners were selected from all the representatives of the said event. We have Gwyneth Sabunod from Grade 11 (First Placer), Jans Louise Inocando from Grade 10 (Second Placer), and Jasper Pilar from Grade 12 (Third Placer).
The audiences were thrilled when the final face-off of the Rubiks Cube Contest began. The audience was divided into two as they picked their favorite contender between Jhundel Ricaplaza, from Grade 11-Chalcedony, and Jyke Saturn Piocnacia, from Grade 12-Beryl. Ricaplaza was the first to solve the Rubik’s cube and was able to finish it after 24 seconds. Piocnacia, on the other hand, did it in 46.29 seconds. The numbers alone are enough for us to determine who reigned the event and was able to receive that “Champion” title for the second time in a row. Jhundel Ricaplaza was indeed successful in defending his title.
The most awaited part of the program would be the Sci-Math Quiz Bowl Final Round. After the intense Elimination Rounds in each year level happened days before the Culmination, only one student would be picked as the final representative for their respective grade levels. After a long battle of stock knowledge about science and math, Jay-Ann Singson from Grade 12-Beryl was declared the winner of the said event, followed by Jydzyl Kaye Aplaon from Grade 11-Chalcedony, and Chase Dea Hernandez from Grade 10-Ruby respectively.
The Culmination Program was indeed a blast! This event has served as our venue for community engagement and interaction, knowledge sharing, exchanging of ideas, and showcasing multiple talents. Not only did it teach us how science, research, and technology can be our allies toward a stable and prosperous society, this event revived what’s been put to slumber: the NeMA before the pandemic. Sci-Math week may have come to an end, but this is an indication of another new beginning. Together, we shall welcome back the old NeMA who never fails to give us programs and activities that strengthens and helps improve our skills in all aspects—physical, mental, emotional, social, vocational, and spiritual. Vires Per Deum. (Arnie Dyl Jadol)