PHL team reaps 24 medals, trophies in int’l math match PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:48

It is an early Christmas present for all Filipinos courtesy of an 18-member Philippine team that stormed an international math match, hauling a total of 24 medals and trophies in the individual and team contest to emerge champion in a foreign land.

Zamboanga’s very own Xavier Jefferson Ray M. Go of Zamboanga Chong Hua High School (ZCHHS) took two gold medals one in Math Wiz (individual contest) and the other in Mathmania 9-team contest) to join other Filipino secondary student participants who helped propel the Philippine team to the overall championship in th 6th International Young Mathematician Convention (IYMC) held in Lucknow, India from December 2-5, 2014.

The consistent math ace awardee fondly called Xavier or JR by classmates and relatives is the youngest of the three sons of Businessman Raymond C. Go and wife Marivic (Nee Medoza). He was part of an 18-member-6 team Philippine contigent that brought home a windfall of medals to also include silver and bronze more than enough to be crowned champion in the biennial event.

His schoolmates and team members Gene Go Jr. and James Christian Atilano also scored gold each while Shannon Gail Ho together with Sabrina Rae Chan settled for silver together with other of their teammates from Luzon. Of the 6 teams the Philippines fielded, five emerged champion in their respective events entered and the remaining one winded up second runner-up, based on the Mathematics Trainer’s Guild Philippines dispatch.

The IYMC mathematics contest held under the auspices of the City Montesori School, Gomti Nagar, Campus I saw a total of 178 teams competing in the junior level with participants coming from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, India, Iran, Nepal, Qatar, Thailand, Sri-Lanka and South Africa.

Before the event in India, Xavier scored a record of sort in the 2014-2015 Philippine Math Olympiad (PMO) stage level Mindanao area, a historic grandslam, when he and two teams scored a 1-3 finish with him crowned as champion with school mate Gene B. Go Jr. and teammate Sean Anderson L. Ty taking second and third place respectively. The contest was a joint project of Philippine Mathematical Society, DepEd and Department of Science and Technology. It is open to all high school top 10 students in the field of mathematics.

They will be officially honored in proper ceremony at University of the Philippines auditorium in Diliman, Quezon City on January 24, 2015 together with their trainors-coach Samuel G. Gayangos and Joey C. Decimo. Dr. Simon Chua, president of the Mathematics Trainers Guild Philippines (MTGP) headed the country’s delegation to the four-day affair. Likewise early this year, Xavier aside being silver medalist in the King of Math competition, he also together with James Christian O. Atilano both took silver medal, high school level, in the PAN Asia Pacific International Invitational Math Contest in Hongkong, China held from June 28 – July 1.