Philippines Secures Gold Medal in Math and Science International Olympiads
Copernicus Olympiad for K12
The Copernicus Olympiad, based in Texas, USA, is a leading global science Olympiad platform for students in grades third to 12. With a focus on excellence, collaboration, and high-quality events in mathematics and astronomy, the Olympiad inspires and nurtures future scientific leaders.
The inaugural Copernicus Olympiad took place in 2020 but barely struggled to gain global participation because of the pandemic.
Today, the Olympiad has attracted over 1500 students from approximately 25 countries. The competition featured an Online Elimination Round, culminating in a finals event where more than 100 students competed for top honors.
Copernicus Olympiad in 2022
In the 2022 edition of the Copernicus Olympiad, remarkable achievements were made by several participants:
- Angela Clare Lim Tan: Gold
- Arthur Caleb Lim Co: Silver
- Alexis Griff Genovatin: Gold
- Christopher John Torrena: Gold
- Rahyhan Marcus Miranda: Gold
- Rianne Clemiel Mamaril: Silver
- Erik Nathan Estiva: Silver
- Raphael Tagulinao: Silver
- Jaime Alfonso Sandique: Silver
- Mary Antonette Payumo: Bronze
- Daniel Eduardo Valencia: Bronze
- Gabriel Yuan Bunao: Bronze
- Travis Damielle Ereno: Bronze
- John Iain Inigo Aguada: Bronze
- Aleksey Zac Miykael Cuares: Bronze
- Josephine Joy Torrena: Bronze
- William Matthew Lim: Gold
Category 1 (Grades 3 & 4):
- Mateo Inigo Espocia: Second place
- Jared Adriel Aguirre: Third place
Category 2 (Grades 5 & 6):
- Kharlos Jude Menard Viloria: Gold Medal Natural Science.
Category 3 (Grades 7 & 8):
- Alexandra Biranne Gochian: Second place
Category 4 (Grades 9 & 10):
- Alexis Griff Genovatin: First Runner up
2022 Category 5 (Grades 11 & 12):
- Sil Vennxae Necesito: Gold
- Eunice Maegan Uy: Gold
- Juliana Elisha Go: Gold
- Arthur Caleb Co: Gold
- Jasper Emmanuel Go: Gold
Copernicus Olympiad in 2023
In 2023, Deinmel Legaspi won the gold medal at the Math Olympiad in New York City. Surpassing over 100 finalists from 22 countries, Legaspi’s accomplishment is particularly noteworthy. It is worth mentioning that Legaspi is also a Kumon student.
Math participants in 2023
- Corinne Dorothy Canoy: General Santos
- Ferdinand Enialc Lego Pauig: NCR
- Zeus Francesco Vitaly Lindayag: Davao
- Marcus Jeaven Camillo: Tarlac
- Drew Antonio Joaquin Tugas: Davao
- Caiser Charleton So: Caloocan (NCR)
- Janine Naomi Corpuz: Tarlac
- Francis Deinmel Legaspi: Balanga/Olongapo
- Javier Sandrino Reyes: Manila
- Shun Sato: NCR
- Ryu Shealtiel A. Bertoso: Laguna
- Samantha Casey Mallari: NCR
- Eron Belcena: Davao
- Amaya Isabel Llanes: Balanga/Olongapo
- John Enzo Fernand Masaga: Mindoro
- Gabriella Ysabelle Mercadejas: Cavite
- Denn Ethan Josh Castro: CDO
- Ivan Gabriel Asuncion: Pangasinan
International Olympiad Institutions
The Copernicus Olympiad, a recently founded international competition specifically catering to K-12 level students, holds its own significance among other prestigious Olympiads.
However, when compared to the established Olympiads like the International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) and International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO), which have a rich history dating back to the 1950s, it is considered relatively less prestigious.
Some of the other notable Olympiads that have gained international recognition include:
- International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO): Founded in the late 1960s.
- International Biology Olympiad (IBO): Inaugurated in the early 1990s.
- International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA): Established in the early 2000s.
- International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI): Started in the early 1980s.
Filipino students have achieved notable success in various international Olympiads. Here are some Filipino winners in the mentioned Olympiads:
International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO):
- Mikaela Irene Fudolig – Gold medalist in 2005
- Yanessa Mae Lagatic – Gold medalist in 2015
- Timothy Lawrence Yu – Gold medalist in 2016
- Kevin Lorenzo Chua – Gold medalist in 2017
International Biology Olympiad (IBO):
- Mark S. Anthony Villa – Gold medalist in 2003
- Marlon S. Villa – Gold medalist in 2003
- Kelvin Lester Koa – Gold medalist in 2012
- Jonas Leopold R. Lustre – Gold medalist in 2012
International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA):
- Genrev Mejia – Bronze medalist in 2011
- Bea Banzuela – Silver medalist in 2013
- Rey Ann R. Estropia – Silver medalist in 2014
- Hillary Diane Andales – Gold medalist in 2017
International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI):
- Fidel K. Schadauer Jr. – Silver medalist in 1997
- Pio I. Fortuno IV – Bronze medalist in 2004
- Francis George Valenton – Silver medalist in 2010
- Ma. Trisha Felice D. Melecio – Bronze medalist in 2016