Noel Jayme Ocampo, a Grade 10 student, was named one of the Department of Science and Technology’s 2021 Youth Excellence in Science Awardees (YES) and received a bronze medal in the individual category after previously winning third place as well in the 2020 International Mathematics Wizard Challenge.
Outstanding Filipino students who earn bronze, silver, or gold medals in international science and mathematics competitions are eligible for the DOST Youth Excellence in Science Award.
He had also received the DOST’s Youth Excellence in Science Award in 2020, along with Miguel Kyle Bumanglag of Grade 9.
Ocampo and Bumanglag also participated in the 2019 International Mathematics Wizard Challenge, which was held in Vietnam, and received a bronze medal.
He shared what he had learned over the years after competing in several competitions and winning numerous awards of distinction. “In my past experiences, I learned that I should just focus more on doing better than worrying if I will get a high award,” he said.
Instead of being concerned with the outcome, he reminds us that if we focus on improving how we do things, we can achieve much better results.
To encourage and inspire Maristas who are still striving for success, he shares, “…do not worry about whether you will receive high distinction or not. You should worry more about your performance, not the award.” Xian Dato // Image from Marist School Marikina Facebook Page