Thursday, August 10, 2006

CDA Students in the EU Whiz Mind Encounter

Last July 21, the first two sets of the European Union Competition elimination round was held at De La Salle University. We are very proud to announce that our students, Joyce Sadiarin, Ian Agsalda, and Thomas "Beau" Dela Cruz (who happens to be the newly-elected VP-Activities of the Student Council) topped the elimination round. Mind you, it was not a close round! They were way ahead with 14 points (while the second placer came in with only 8 points!). We were pitted against students from De La Salle University, La Consolacion College, and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila.

The team was definitely in high spirits. This may also be due to the support and preparation of our CDA teachers who worked tirelessly with them, rain or shine. Let me also extend my congratulations to Mr. Francisco Fojas (as Faculty Coach), Mr. George Binay (who gave an inspirational talk to the team before the competition) and, of course, our other ever-reliable CDA teachers, Mr. Alain Austria and Ms. Anna Solar. All of whom gave their share of lectures every chance they get. As CDA Chair, Ms. May Lorica pointed out, "the real clincher is the determination and passion of our student-contestants".

So why am I sharing this just now? Well, as you may have guessed, they won in the elimination round, this means they will have to compete in the Grand Finals. At 1 pm on August 18, 2006 they will face Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P), and University of the Philippines in the Final Round of this inter-collegiate quiz at SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City. Ambassador Jan de Kok, Head of Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines will be there to award the grand winner.

With this, let us extend our prayers and support to Joyce, Ian, and Beau. We hope to see you there to cheer the team. Animo Benilde!!!!

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