MANILA, Philippines — Francis Deinmel Legaspi, a 10-year-old student at the Center for Special Education for the Gifted, won gold for the Philippines at the 4th Copernicus International Mathematical Olympiad.
The Copernicus International Math Olympiad is an event in which students from grades 3 to 12 compete in mathematics and astronomy. The IV Copernicus International Mathematical Olympiad was held at Columbia University in New York, United States, from July 9 to 13.
Legaspi outperformed more than one hundred participants from 22 countries around the world.
But this was not the first time Legaspi had won this kind of award: the young Filipino won gold medals in the following math competitions: Hong Kong International Math Olympiad, Thailand International Math Olympiad, Southeast Asia Math Olympiad , Philippine International Math Olympiad and International World Math Olympiad.
The father of the math genius, Dennis Legaspi, thanked the Center for Special Education for the Gifted, especially the school’s principal, Abdon Bayla, and his son’s personal math trainer, Ricardo Quejado, for strengthening Francis’ skills. He also thanked Senator Sonny Angara, recognizing the legislator for “consistently helping [Francis] since he started participating in international math competitions at the age of six.”
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