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MANILA, Philippines - Henry Jefferson Morco, a high school student from Chiang Kai Shek College, bagged the silver medal in this year's 24th Asian-Pacific Math Olympiad (APMO) held in Hongkong, the highest finish ever for the Philippines at the tournament.
The high school student won a silver medal after garnering a score of 23 points in the competition. Morco had participated in the Philippine Mathematical Olympiad and International Mathematical Olympiad.
Another high school student, Kenneth Co, from Philippine Science High School-Diliman (PSHS) scored 16 points, earning him a bronze medal.
Other Filipino students obtained honorable mentions: Adrian Reginald Sy and Mikaela Angelina Uy from St. Jude Catholic School, Camille Tyrene Dee from Immaculate Conception Academy and John Thomas Chuatak from St. Stephen High School.
Since 2008, the Philippines has been a consistent contender for the bronze medal in the competition. To get a bronze medal, at least 12 points are required. Eighteen points is the norm for silver. Morco was one point shy of earning a gold.
The APMO was first held in 1989, joined in by countries in the Asian-Pacific region. Some countries in North and South America also partake in the competition.
Apart from the Philippines, this year's Olympiad saw contenders from Singapore, Korea, Canada, Japan and Australia, among others.
The winners in the 24th APMO will represent the country in the upcoming IMO on 14-16 July 2012 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.