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All-Pinay team from Miriam College gets top ranking in prestigious World Scholar’s Cup in Yale


Metal detectors at the airport surely rang non-stop as 16 delegates from Miriam College (MC) came home triumphant after winning a total of 90 medals and three trophies at the recent World Scholar's Cup Tournament of Champions (WSCToC) held in Yale University, Connecticut, USA last November 10 to 14.

The students were composed of Middle School and High School students, three of which competed in the Senior Division while 13 in the Junior Division.


Highest ranking Team in the SEA, PH

Making the country proud is the all-Pinay, three-member team which ranked 9th, besting more than 300 Senior Division teams in the final rounds of the WSCToC.  They are the Filipino team with the highest ranking and were also declared Top 1 in Southeast Asia in that Division.

They are composed of MC High School students Mary Katherine DJ San Miguel, Aleeza Moira Tiongson, and Alyssa Santana—also referred to as Team 686 at the WSC. They competed in Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events. They got a total of 29 Gold Medals, 21 Silver medals, and three trophies.




The members of the top team said they did not expect making it to the top 10.  “It was overwhelming to be among other scholars from various countries but we did not let that dishearten us. The team is indeed delighted, grateful, and proud that we were not only able to bring honor and pride to our families but also to our school and country,” said Tiongson.


Competing at the event was a total of 2,200 scholars coming from 50 countries. Nine other schools from the Philippines also competed, with Immaculate Conception Academy making it at Top 10 in the Senior Division.

“This is the 6th time Miriam College has sent a contingent to Yale and to date this is the highest ranking the school has achieved since it first joined the tournament,” says Team 686 coach, Amity Yap.

In 2016, Miriam College got first place in the Manila Rounds, automatically exempting them in the Global Rounds held in Prague and Bangkok. They directly competed in the WSC ToC in Yale.

“It’s important to note that WSC does not measure 100% academic knowledge but the attitude, dedication, and independence of its scholars when given topics that are not exactly taught in schools. These three qualities cannot be taught, but are acquired by the students –to win in WSC is to reflect how holistic the learners are,” adds Yap.

The Unlikely World is this season’s theme. This guides the students on the coverage of the events’ topics, which they read and research on their own.  Apart from Arts, History, Social Studies, Science, Literature, and Special Subject, a new subject added this year is Modern Mythologies.


Topping Literature in the Junior Division
 
The Junior Division team, on the other hand, won a total of 23 individual silver medals, 22 individual gold medals, 9 team silver medals, and 6 team gold medals in the Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, Scholar’s Bowl (group quiz bee), and Scholar’s Challenge events.  They are Alize Madayag, Juliana Guillermo, Samantha Arcenas, Leica Cecilia, Joie Ocampo, Jiana Lim, Marina Fagela, Keithley Mirandilla, Katrina Asedillo, Angela Lim, Monnica Carbonilla, Alyssa Salazar, and Maxene De Castro with Teacher Isabela Aguilar as coach for the entire division.

Among almost 1, 200 competing scholars in the entire Junior Division, Jiana Lim of the High School won 2nd place in the Literature category of the Scholar’s Challenge while Asedillo of the Middle school placed 7th, also in the same category. Overall, Lim landed 12th in the Scholar’s Challenge, an individual event.

To train the girls in the Junior Division, Aguilar said that she conducted a team building activity to develop rapport among the students. “They also participated in several speaking activities that were not as formal as the debate ones but helped them develop confidence in speaking,” she added.

Aguilar added that this latest completion showed what the girls are truly capable of. “Even with the small number of hours we put into training, the students still emerged victorious. All of them improved a lot in terms of performance and because of the consecutive nature of the competition, the girls were able to hone their skills through constant practice.”


Proud Pinay

Chosen to fly the Philippine flag during the closing ceremonies’s Flag March was Asedillo, who proudly carried and waved the flag on stage.
 
“The idea behind the World Scholar’s Cup was to create something different than traditional academic competitions and conferences: a celebration of the joy of learning, a tournament as rewarding for the team that came in last as the for the team that came in first,” the WSC website defines the tournament.
The WSCToc is hosted by the Yale International Relations Association.
 
The girls were featured in GMA7’s 24-Oras. Watch it here:

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Pax Christi-MCHS, SilPeace join youth peacebuilding session

Last February 15, Pax Christi-MCHS members together with members of SilPeace, the interfaith youth organization of Silsilah from Quiapo, participated in a meaningful interaction session to learn about youth peacebuilding and how our different religious beliefs can bring us together. The student members of SilPeace are from Ramon Avencena High School and Manuel L. Quezon University High School. 
 
The participants discussed practical and realistic solutions to issues such as the growing threat of terrorism, religious intolerance, and discrimination. These solutions include the promotion of dialogue through people to people process especially among young people, and the role of education to address misconceptions. 
 
The session became an eye opener to many of the participants and served as the beginning of more committed work towards a world free from hate and religious intolerance. It was facilitated by Mary Ann Lascano, moderator of MC-HS Pax Christi, Alfrein Quirionez from SilPeace and Mirma Tica-Ortiz, moderator of the Pax Christi-Miriam College.

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MCHS tops World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round 2017

Last February 5-6, 2017, Miriam College High School, in partnership with the World Scholar’s Cup, hosted the second World Scholar’s Cup Manila Round.  With a total of 19 schools participating in the Junior and Senior divisions, 108 teams of three composed of 322 scholars competed to qualify for the Global Rounds in Hanoi, Athens, and Cape Town.
 
In the course of the two-day competition, Miriam College High School emerged triumphant in both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Three teams in the Junior Division and 17 teams in the Senior Division garnered silver and gold medals in four categories: Scholar’s Bowl, Scholar’s Challenge, Collaborative Writing, and Team Debate. With a total of 42 teams and 126 participants in the Junior Division, and 66 teams and 198 participants in the Senior Division, Miriam College High School landed on the Top 10% of each category of the competition. 
 
The Manila Round 2017 is one of the biggest Regional Rounds in World Scholar’s Cup this year. Participating schools include Assumption College San Lorenzo, Ateneo De Manila Junior High School, Ateneo De Manila Senior High School, Chinese International School Manila, Colegio de Santa Philomena, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School, Filipino Turkish Tolerance International School of Zamboanga, Immaculate Concepcion Academy, King’s School Manila, La Salle Greenhills, Lourdes School of Mandaluyong, Miriam College High School, Miriam College Middle School, Miriam College Nuvali, OB Montessori Center, Philippine Christian School of Tomorrow, Philippine Science High School, Victory Christian International School, and Xavier School. 
 
The Hanoi Global Round will be held on June 26-July 1, 2017, the Athens Global Round on July 18-23, 2017, and the Cape Town Global Round on August 11-15, 2017. This year marks the 10th year anniversary of the World Scholar’s Cup. 
 
By Laarni Z. Rivadeneira, coach of the Miriam College High School delegation

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Twinning Project Workshop marks MC’s UN World Interfaith Harmony Week celebration

Selected students from the twin schools Miriam College High School and Middle School and the Rajah Muda National High School (RMNHS), marked the UN World Interfaith Harmony Week with a Youth Peacebuilding Workshop on campus last February 6-7, 2014.
 
The workshop opened with a public forum on the theme, “Celebrating Life with Mercy and Compassion”, attended by some 200 students from the Middle School, High School, and the HEU. 
 
The RMNHS students, who have travelled from Pikit, North Cotabato, also had teambuilding activities and a wider interaction with High School students as well as a mini-workshop on Muslim-Christian dialogue. The two groups of students also shared their past peace-related activities and their plans for the coming months. 
 
The CPE is grateful to the committee that helped organize the various activities. They are Mao Rovillos, Mean Lascano, Ann Gabuat, Ato de la Cruz, and Pax Christi with Mirma Tica as moderator.


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MCHS Glee Club, CCDC concert features classic, well-loved OPMs

The MCHS Glee Club together with the Cultural and Classical Dance Club (CCDC) held their 12th joint concert dubbed “Sa ‘Tin” last February 3 and 4 at the Marian Auditorium.

The two day concert was held for the MC and high school community and for the family and friends of the performers.  At the helm is BEU Admissions Officer and MCHS Glee Glub conductor Nancy Roman.

The MCHS and CCDC sang and danced to Filipino classics and well-loved OPM songs to the delight of the audiences.  “We featured an all-OPM repertoire so we thought that “Sa ‘Tin” short for Sa Atin or Sariling Atin would be fitting. The concert also coincided with the celebration National Arts Month,” said Roman.

Among the songs featured were a medley of Saranggola ni Pepe, Mamang Sorbetero and Kalesa; medley of Galawgaw, Waray-WarayDalagang Pilipina and Manang Biday‘Til I Met YouKapag Tumibok ang PusoIkaw LamangForever More; and Paalam Na.

The CCDC and MCHS Glee Club have mounted several concerts since 2003 and “we have not stopped collaborating since then,” said Roman.

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MCHS Glee club shines bright on int’l stage in 2016

In his Philippine Star column Funfare, writer Ricky Lo cited the multi-awarded Miriam College High School (MCHS) Glee Club as one of the artists/choirs that made a mark on the international stage in 2016.

Also cited were Sara Geronimo, the Philippine Madrigal Singers, The Voice Kids Germany winner Lukas Oscar Janisch, and Ballet Manila among other international competition winners for 2016. 

The MCHS Glee club bagged two Gold Diplomas at the 7th Musica Eterna a Roma Choral Competition held in Rome, Italy, last July 2016.

In 2012, they garnered the highest scores in two Categories at the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio, bringing home two Gold Diplomas. In 2010, they bagged two Silver Diplomas at the 6th World Choir Games (WCG) held in Shaoxing, China.

To read full article, please see link: www.philstar.com/entertainment/2017/01/06/1660143/2016-phl-artists-shine-intl-stage

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Maryknoll College Batch ’81 donates to MC

Class representative of MCHS Batch 1981, Melissa S. Reyes, turned-over the donation of her batch to Dr. Maria Lourdes Quisumbing-Baybay, Vice President for Academic Affairs, last January 13. As a gift to Miriam College on their batch’s coral or 35th year, MCHS Batch 1981 raised Php 50,000 through contributions by some classmates and singer-songwriter, Ogie Alcasid. Mr. Alcasid performed with their batch during the last grand alumni homecoming.
 
The fund is intended for scholars in continuing their education by assisting them in school related expenses like meals, transportation and books. Also present at the turn-over were students from the scholars’ student organization, Talitha Cumi; Carol Ui, Admissions head; and Dr. Gail R. Galang, Institutional Partnerships and Programs Office head.

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VP Leni congratulates WSC champs

As one of the first Philippine teams to compete at the World Scholar's Cup (WSC) Tournament of Champions in Yale University, the Miriam College High School delegation paid a courtesy call on Vice President Maria Leonor "Leni" G. Robredo on December 9, 2016 at the Quezon City Reception House in New Manila, Quezon City. The MCHS teams competed at the WSC Tournament of Champions held at Yale University last November 18-21.

The two teams were Team 333 composed of Justine Gabrielle Ramirez, Alessandra Deone Roldan and Ana Beatrice Salumbides and Team 334 composed Alaina Licia Arcenas, Cassandra Camille Cuaresma, and Maria Regina Gabrielle Taruc. Both teams brought home gold and silver medals and ranked 33rd overall in the Junior Division.

Accompanying the two teams were coach Laarni Rivadeneira, English faculty Sofia Soledad de Guzman, and their respective families. The group shared their achievements with the Vice President who graciously welcomed and congratulated them for bringing honor to the country.

The MC teams competed in four events in the Junior Division namely Scholar’s Bowl, Team Debate, Collaborative Writing, and Scholar’s Challenge. The event was composed of 200 teams and 600 participants from 37 countries. It is the biggest Tournament of Champions to date.

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Google Philippines touts teen campaign promoting digital literacy | Sun Star Manila

The Reconnect Project bags the top prize in Google’s search for new Web Rangers

MANILA -- Google Philippines awarded the top prize for its Webrangers initiative to a group of five students behind The Reconnect Project campaign.
The Webrangers program aims to promote digital literacy and the meaningful use of the internet among Filipino teens.

The five students -- Meoni Bergara from University of the Philippines-Diliman, Reiz Tamboong and Isabel Jose from Miriam College High School, John Oliver Dysanco from Enderun Colleges, and Ralph del Mundo from Polytechnic University of the Philippines Senior High School -- were able to show how information is available on the internet but because of online distractions, it can be difficult to find.

The students started with a sticky note activity where the teens asked their schoolmates to write down information that is useful for fellow students to learn more about and to post these examples on the wall.

In the coming days, as people were adding more content useful for students, the team then covered these notes with other sticky notes filled with examples of distracting content and activities normally encountered online.

Volunteers were then asked by the team to go through the pile of sticky notes to look for the useful information initially posted there. Because the important data was covered by all sorts of distracting sticky notes, the students realized that they do spend a lot of time online on things that divert their attention from getting information that can help them out. This activity illustrated that teens can use the Internet to enrich their lives if they don’t let themselves get distracted by the clutter they encounter online.

Because the Web Rangers wanted to provide a space for their peers to connect with each other and share useful information, they created a websitehttp://thereconnectproject.weebly.com filled with resources and content about education, health and lifestyle, and technology. Anyone can contribute to the website, which the students moderate.

This year, more than 60 Web Rangers, aged 14-21, were chosen from almost 200 applicants from Metro Manila. They also attended a one-day workshop last September with partner agencies Department of Trade and Industry and Dentsu JaymeSyfu.

“Through this program, we have seen how creative and dedicated the Filipino youth can be if given the right tools to advocate for a good cause like digital literacy. We’ve seen promising entries and we are pleased that they were able to use the internet in turning creative ideas into something that can influence their peers,” said Gail Tan, Google Philippines Head of Communications and Public Affairs.

The participants were trained to make effective campaigns on digital literacy and were given three weeks to produce a campaign which would serve as their entry to the competition.

“We are glad to be part of this initiative by Google Philippines in educating the youth about digital literacy. We would like to congratulate the winners in coming up with such creative and meaningful campaigns. We also hope that this initiative will encourage Filipino teens to become entrepreneurs in the digital economy and become a strong contributor to the country’s growth and development,” said Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Industry Promotion Group. (AP)


SOURCE: Sun Star Manila > http://www.sunstar.com.ph/manila/business/2016/10/12/google-philippines-touts-teen-campaign-promoting-digital-literacy-503142

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BA Communication students participate in Project 9.0

As part of Miriam College’s 90th anniversary celebration, an ‘underground’ activity known as “Project 9.0” was organized by the Office of the President involving two teams from the High School and from the College. The latter was represented by BA Communication students Paola Neyra, Claire Uy, Elaine Nasi, and Patricia Ortile. 

The project proposals were presented to and judged by Miriam College President Dr. Rosario Lapus, Director for Innovation Development and High School Principal Dr. Edizon A. Fermin, Marketing and Communications Head Romualdo A. Romualdo, Communications and Media Coordinator Dahl Bennett, and Special Project Coordinator Mian Arcega last August 12, 2016 at the Board Room.

Both teams were tasked to come up with a high-impact, low-cost, and feasible project. After careful deliberation, two ideas were picked from the HEU that included a Post-It installation wherein students wrote short messages to the future MC community. These messages were posted on tarpaulins located in the Lower School, Middle School, High School, College, Miriam Adult Education, and Southeast Asian Institute for the Deaf. The Post-Its were later gathered in a jar to be opened after a couple of years for reflection. 

The other idea highlights the four core values of Miriam College – truth, justice, peace, and integrity of creation —and will be reflected in feel-good statements incorporated in tricycle stickers which will be distributed at the end of this year.

Project 9.0 was an unforgettable experience for the Communication students who met the challenge with flying colors. By Denise Villalobos, BA Comm

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