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UNO-R freshman tops statistics quiz prov’l elims

From left, CSS Luis Gonzales, John Lewis Pabilona, Yanah Grace Trangco, Dr. Jessamine Calma, Reginald Hudierez and Richel Gumban during the 26th Philippine Statistics Quiz awarding ceremony.*

Yanah Grace Trangco, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering freshman from the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos, topped the 26th Philippine Statistics Quiz provincial elimination held at the UNO-R President’s Hall on November 4.

The Philippine Statistics Quiz (PSQ) returned after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Twenty-one college freshmen from seven colleges and universities in the province competed in two tightly contested rounds, with each round having ten questions.

The cumulative scores at the end of the two rounds resulted in a triple tie with scores of 17 points apiece among Trangco of UNO-R, Rafael Gabrielle Arcolas of the Technological University of the Philippines-Visayas and Nash Encarnacion of the University of the Saint La Salle.

Trangco capped the championship with a correct answer in the first question of the tie-breaker round.

The hotly contested battle for the first runner-up was determined on the sixth question of the round, wherein Encarnacion broke the tie and emerged as first runner-up while Arcolas came in as second runner-up.

As the provincial champion, Trangco received a specially designed plaque of recognition and a cash prize of p 5,000. She was coached by John Lewis Pabilona.

Encarnacion and Arcolas also received a specially designed plaque of recognition and a cash prize of P3,000 and P2,000, respectively. Encarnacion was coached by Chard Aye Alova while Arcolas by Joenilo Duran.

The winners were confirmed by the board of judges, namely Richel Gumban of Saint Joseph School-La Salle, Reginald Hudierez of the Department of Trade and Industry, and as chair, Dr. Jessamine Calma of Negros Occidental High School.

Negros Occidental will represent to the regional championship on November 14 hoping to defend the title until the national finals on December 6 in Metro Manila.

Chief Statistical Specialist Luis Gonzales stressed the importance of timely, accurate and reliable data in evidence-based policy and decision making.

The PSQ is an annual quiz organized by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Philippine Statistical Association Inc. (PSAI) geared to test college freshmen’s knowledge in Statistics.

Among its objectives are to assess the competency and skills of students in statistics as acquired from the secondary education curriculum; to promote, enhance, and instill awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of science, statistics in particular, among the students; and, to generate public awareness on the importance of statistics in all development-planning activities and win overall support for all government statistical activities.*

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