April 27th, 2012
NAVAL, Biliran – Marcia Butastas of Tabunan National High School, Almeria in Biliran province bagged the third place in the 2012 Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge National Finals in the 4th year individual competition category, held in April 20-21 at the Metrobank Plaza Auditorium, Makati City.
Butastas who graduated class valedictorian and the only national contender of Eastern Visiayas in the Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge, was under the supervision of her coach, Mrs. Ana Vero, who accompanied her in Manila for the national competition.
Butastas vied in the 4th Year Individual Competition with students from Fort Bonifacio High School (Makati City); Valenzuela City Science High School; BHC Educational Institution, Inc. (San Fernando City, La Union); Sapang Palay National High School (City of San Jose Del Monte); San Pablo City Science High School; Potter’s Place School (El Nido, Palawan); Tabaco National High School (Tabaco City); Tagum City National High School; and General Santos City High School.
Having won the third place in the national finals, Butastas received P30,000 cash prize. She said, the amount is of great help in her enrollment in college..
Vero said, Butastas had proven her proficiency in Mathematics since first year in high school when she championed in the Eastern Visayas regional math quiz and ranked third in the same competition when she was in third year.
To satiate her aspiration in the field of Mathematics, Butastas aims at taking BS Accountancy at the University of the Philippines, Vero added.
The annual Metrobank-MTAP-DEPED Math Challenge aims to discover young Math wizards who can compete in international competitions.
The competition is open to elementary and high school students from both public and private schools nationwide. (MLT/PIA8 Biliran)
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