Math Whiz Registers Three-peat Win at 23rd PMO — SEI

Media Release:

Math whiz wins for 3rd straight time.

Math whiz Bryce Ainsley Sanchez, a Grade 12 student at Grace Christian College (GCC), is now a three-time winner of the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad.

To put more clarity: he won the PMO crown three straight times!

In doing so for the third time in 2021, he ran roughshod over more than two dozen fellow finalist-competitors in the event held on March 19-20.

The Science Education Institute (SEI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) relayed this to the news media on Thursday in an email message.

It was a tough competition as the SEI noted.

The honor was hard-earned: first runner up Steven Reyes of Saint Jude Catholic School (SJCS) also a Grade 12 student, is a consistent national finalist in previous PMOs as well as a silver medalist in the International Physics Olympiad (IPO) in 2018 and 2019.

Meanwhile, the second runner up, Grade 10 student Raphael Dylan Dalida of Philippine Science High School (PSHS) – Main Campus, was the first runner up in last year’s PMO as well as a bronze medalist alongside Sanchez at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) the same year.

The head of the DOST-SEI lauded the feat that Sanchez accomplished.

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“Bryce’s achievement is all the more notable and exemplary given the challenges that everyone — most especially students like him and his fellow competitors — have had to face over the past year. They all truly deserve to be called Filipino Olympians.”

SEI Director Dr. Josette T. Biyo on Sanchez’s feats.

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“Mathematics truly knows no bounds, and our students and competitors are a living testament to this,” enjoined Mathematical Society of the Philippines (MSP) President Emmanuel Cabral.

The PMO is a long-standing tradition for the MSP, which has been organizing the Olympiad as an annual proving ground for some of the country’s brightest young minds for almost four decades. The competition is the Philippines’ most prestigious nationwide mathematics competition for secondary school students, who compete for the honor of representing the nation at the annual IMO. (✓)

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