Last January 21, 2017, the national finals for the 19th Philippine Mathematical Olympiad (PMO) was held at the National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education (NISMED) Building at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. PMO is the oldest and most prestigious nationwide mathematics competitions among secondary school students and the breeding ground for the country’s representative for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). Among the twenty-two national finalists was Xavier School’s very own Sedrick Scott S. Keh of Grade 12A. Sedrick passed through the qualifying stage and area stage of the PMO before making it to the finals.
The first part of the national finals was a written test with four questions given for 4.5 hours. The second part, on the other hand, was an oral competition where fifteen easy questions–ten average questions and five difficult questions,–were asked.
The day ended with the awarding of the national finalists and the top three scorers for the national finals, together with a formal dinner with the parents and coaches of the finalists. The awarding ceremony was also graced by members of the Mathematics Society of the Philippines (MSP).
During the awarding, Dr. Richard B. Eden, team leader of the 2016 IMO Philippine Team, gave a report on the Philippine participation to the 2016 IMO. He also talked about the process that the national finalists will go through this coming May to determine the country’s representative for the IMO on July of this year.
As one of the national finalists for this year’s PMO, Sedrick received a medal and a certificate. He will also be part of the roster of trainees for the IMO. Aside from this, he will also be joining the Asian Pacific Mathematical Olympiad on March 14, 2017.
Congratulations, Sedrick and luceat lux!