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Young Sillimanians excel in nat’l talent tilt

By Kean Andrei A. Bagaipo | February 16, 2024

Silliman University Elementary School (SUES) students bagged awards in four academic competitions during the Association of Philippine Private School Administrators and Mentors (APPSAM) 11th National Children’s Assembly and Talent Fair held Jan. 25 to 27 in Baguio City. 

Alliyah Kate Encabo won first place in Interpretative Reading and second place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Adriel Wade Rivera clinched second place in the Mathematics Contest, while Denmarie Batarasa secured third place in Madamdaming Pagbasa.

SUES teachers Harel Jo Tia, Maria Amelia Calumpang, and Venancia Nuico accompanied the seven selected students as coaches.

According to Tia, this was their first time joining a national congress and competition after the pandemic.

“It was a great joy for me to see my students participate and excel outside the classroom,” she said. “It was definitely an experience of a lifetime for them, something they wouldn’t get inside the four walls of a classroom.”

Other participating students were Zoe Siena Jul Baco, Khenji Barillo, Breanna Castiell Llauder, and Brixter Poe who also competed in the General Information Contest, Science Contest, Essay Writing, and Spelling Contest, respectively.

APPSAM is an annual assembly for private elementary, junior, and senior high school students across the country. It aims for a dynamic learning experience through comprehensive talks and talent competitions. 

The talks featured various speakers who shared insights that prepared the students for the challenges they will encounter as emerging student leaders.  

During the three-day event, the students participated in plenary sessions that are “essential for their development.”

There were also informative sessions addressing resilience-building and exploring social maturity to enhance students’ understanding.

(via Silliman University Office of Informations and Publications)


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