Coming at the heels of its magnificent showing at the recently concluded national science fair hosted by the province, Laoag City pupils and students once more proved their talents as they shone anew in the 2006 National Press Conference held in Kalibo, Aklan.
Dr. Cecilia P. Aribuabo, city schools division superintendent, reported that the city entries—both in the group and individual categories—made their respective marks in the said event wherein more than 200 schools participated.
With the top seven winners in each category given certificates and trophies, Aribuabo related that in the group category, Ang Agos of San Mateo Elementary School was named the third best school paper in the Philippines for the elementary category. The same publication was also took second place in the sports writing category.
Ang Buhanginan of Siazon Elementary School, for its part, took seventh place in the feature writing category.
In the secondary level, Ang Manghahabi of the Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS) took fourth place in lay outing while Ang Dalampasigan of the Ilocos Norte School of Fisheries took seventh place in the editorial writing category.
Alex Simson of the Mariano Marcos State University Laboratory Elementary School led individual awardees after he was named as Outstanding Student Journalist of Region I.
Kimberly Retuta of Holy Spirit Academy of Laoag, for her part was elected as the national vice president for Luzon of the Editorial Guild of the Philippines.
Abigail Domingo of MMSU Laboratory High School rounded up the individual awardees as she placed third in the editorial writing contest.
With these accomplishments, Aribuabo said that it only means that school papers in the city have improved tremendously over the past years as she congratulated the winners and thanked the city government for their financial support to the students and pupils.
In a separate event, students of INNHS also bagged the best performer award in the national drama festival dubbed “Dularawan” held in Bulacan.
The INNHS group performed “Gabriela.”
Dominic B. dela Cruz