Grade 10 student secures top spots in national digital competition
Grade 10 student Shaina Lim won the overall 4th place in the individual stage and 3rd place in the team stage out of 618 participants at the 6th annual National Phoenix Aralinks Quest last January 30.
The Quest, the only fully-digital academic competition in the country, tested the participants’ ability to demonstrate 21st-century skills in two rounds: the elimination and final round.
Shaina initially ranked 19th place in the elimination round, which involved an online quiz that evaluated the participants’ competency in different areas such as AP, Science, and Math.
Her rank soared by 15 notches in the final round which was further divided into two stages, the individual and team stage.
In the individual stage, she played a strategic life-simulation game or role-playing game (RPG), where her avatar walked down roads and came across obstacles and questions that she had to answer.
In the team stage, she collaborated with the representatives of the University of Bohol, Sta. Teresa College, and St. Theresa’s College of Quezon City and won 3rd place. Their designated team name, the San Francisco group, was inspired from one of the most eco-friendly cities worldwide.
Moreover, the team stage had five categories: creating, building, coding, debugging, and logical thinking.
Seeing her progress throughout the competition, Mr. Bryan Corpuz, her mentor, commended Shaina. “From the very start, even without much preparation because of the miscommunication with the Aralinks organization, I was still proud of her. I know her potential and without expecting anything, this announcement made me incredibly proud that I couldn’t comprehend the emotions I was feeling.”
Shaina, however, said that she “did not expect to get into the Top 10” due to lack of preparations for the competition. She and her mentor were informed that the event would take place on Jan 30, only to be called a day earlier, immediately after she performed during the cheer dance for the school intramurals.
Throughout the competition, she did her best to stay collected and positive. Now that the results are out, she felt blessed to have been given this opportunity. “I really enjoyed the entire journey, especially since I developed new friendships along the way. If given the chance, I would love to join this event once more.”
By Maria Kyla Nicole Mallare