2 Thai students, Pinoy coach win silver from US’s Genius Olympiad


Two high school students who received training from their Pinoy coach didn’t only realize their dream to join a science competition abroad. They have also won the silver medal from GENIUS OLYMPIAD held at State University of New York at Oswego on June 17-22, 2019.

Siraprapha Huajai and Paweenrat Phattanasiricharoen of Chonkanyanukoon School in Chonburi, were in seventh heaven after their project “Enhancing the Bio-adsorbent Efficacy of Chrysopogon zizanioides by Calendula officinalis and Leucaena leucocephala Extracts in the Removal of Heavy Metals from Contaminated Water,” received 90-70% of the participants.

Ms. Siraprapha told Pinoy Legacy that the science project taught her several things about diligence, patience, and teamwork. “My team and I have faced many obstacles, and times were tough. But in the end, our hard work paid off – all thanks to the people who supported us,” she said.

“This has been an incredible journey. One that I would surely not forget, and I hope that this could inspire others to pursue in the science field,” the 18-year-old student added.

The other student, Ms. Paweenrat, 17, felt so grateful for the opportunity to join such competition. “Just like Siraprapha, I have also learned many things from this project,” she said.

“I’d like to thank my parents and the school for supporting me. It was such a great experience and I won’t forget the meaningful memories,” she quipped.

Last year, four students from the same school brought recognition to the school. Two students were awarded the bronze medal, while the other two received Honorable Mention.

Read: Thai students, Filipino coach win medals and honorable mention in New York

“I am so happy and honored to be a part of my students’ success. Joining science competitions helps students boost their confidence and enhance their analytical skills,” Ms. Jona Timada, the Filipino coach and science teacher of the students told Pinoy Legacy with a smile.

“Yes, there were inevitable challenges along the way, but in the end, it’s all worth it. I hope this experience stimulates others to imbibe scientific thinking so they can instill in their students the love of science research,” the Filipino teacher ended.

GENIUS Olympiad is an international high school project competition about environmental issues. It is founded and organized by the Terra Science and Education and hosted by the State University of New York at Oswego. GENIUS Olympiad will host projects in five general disciplines with an environmental focus.

Science, Visual and Performance Arts (Arts & Music), Business, Creative Writing, and Robotics.

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