Wonder Kid: Filipino Trainee Wins Prizes Worth P20 Million in Global Science Competition

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18-year-old Hillary Andales of Palo, Leyte was honored alongside top achievers in physics, life sciences, and mathematics.

Hillary Andales, an 18-year-old citizen of Palo, Leyte was awarded this year’s Advancement Junior Challenge prize. A student in Philippine Science High School’s Eastern Visayas school, Andales completed against more than 10,000 students from 178 nations all over the world.

GMA News reports Andales was honored alongside top achievers in the fields of physics, life sciences, and mathematics during the Breakthrough Prize Event at NASA Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley last Sunday. Her video entry on the ‘Relativity & the Equivalence of Recommendation Frames’ was evaluated by top researchers, editors, scientists, and executives through its engagement, creativity, difficulty, and illumination.

As the winner, Andales got a $250,000 post-secondary scholarship along with a $50,000 reward for her science instructor and a $100,000 Development Science Lab for her school created in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Lab.

Development is a non-profit organization that honors essential advancements in the classifications of essential physics, life sciences, and mathematics. The organization was established by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg, and Priscilla Chan.

Through the Breakthrough Junior Obstacle, the company supports and honors young trainees while inspiring creativity about science. Andales previously won the Advancement Junior Difficulty Popular Enact 2016, in which she described path integrals in quantum physics.

Aside from winning the obstacle, Andales likewise counts being a consistent champ on Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Mathematics Obstacle’s Division Finals amongst her achievements along with leading the Regional Council of the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs, Philippine Science High School’s paper The Science Net, and a Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science delegate.