WMSU High School Student Tops Regional Sudoku Tourney, Will Play in National Finals
January 5, 2009

A Grade VIII (second year high school) student of Western Mindanao State University Integrated Laboratory School (WMSU-ILS) topped the regional elimination of the 3rd Philippine Sudoku Super Challenge and will represent the region in the national finals on January 31 in Quezon City.

The regional champion, Agnes Alexandra Andico, won first place in the Wizard Category and is one of the 51 finalist to compete in that level in the national tournament to be held at SM North. The other categories in the mathematical game will be Sudoku Masters and Sudoku Whiz Kids.

In a letter to ILS High School Principal Vicente Ruste, Mathematics Trainers’ Guild’s Simon Chua said Andico ranked as one of the 10 percent players that emerged out of the regional eliminations which qualified her to play in the national finals. The regional eliminations were held simultaneously nationwide by the Guild and its co-sponsors, the Business Mirror newspaper. It claims to have some 1,500 serious enthusiasts nationwide, playing in the three divisions.

Sudoku playing skill is a “gift”, said ILS mathematics teacher Nancy Onayan, coach of Andico and other sudoku players in the ILS school.

It was the first time that a WMSU player participated in the game’s regional eliminations, Ruste said, and the school is proud of Andico’s first-place finish.

In another development, WMSU students won two gold, six silver and eight bronze medals in swimming in the 3rd Philippine Olympic Festival National Championships held in Cagayan de Oro City last December 11-16.

In a report, WMSU swimming coach Harry Subibi said ILS Students Christian Jude Subibi garnered one gold, four silvers and three bronzes in the 15-year old class while Christine Joy Subibi earned a bronze in the same age group’s girls class.

College students Leonard Venture won one gold, one silver and three bronzes in the 17-year old class while Jonard Ventura snatched silver and three bronzes in the 16-year old division.

In the festival’s chess competition, WMSU High School students Joey Albert Florendo landed third place in the boys’ division while Eibtizam Nahudan also won third in the girls’ division, Subibi said.

The festival is sponsored by the Philippine Olympics Committee and the vents are sanctioned by their respective national associations. (Rey-Luis Banagudos/PAO-WMSU)