STI Academy - Las Piñas Bags Silver in International Schools CyberFair Competitions

June 2004


A Philippine entry from STI Academy – Las Piñas brought pride and honor to the country after its entry, "The Calling", was adjudged as one of the silver winners in the Community Groups category of Global SchoolNet's International Schools CyberFair Competitions held in San Diego, USA recently. The site was created for the Couples for Christ and its Family Ministries and was designed primarily to inform the community that there is such an organization that offers and extends help to less fortunate individuals or families.


"Representing our country in this prestigious competition was already an honor for us," says Mariz Nogaliza, project officer of STI Academy High School. "But being able to bring home a silver award was an enormous success not just for us but most alsofor our country," she stressed.


Nogaliza added that the project would not be possible if not for the collaborative effort of 32 high school students from STI Academy. These students extracted their creative juices to come up with a creative and informative site, which they believe would be useful to the community. "We share this victory with the Family Ministries of Couples for Christ. We hope to inspire the youth and other STI students to continuously share their knowledge and skills and participate in this kind of undertaking," adds Nogaliza.


The International Schools CyberFair is an award-winning, authentic learning program used by schools and youth organizations around the world. Youth conduct research and publish their findings on the Web. Recognition is given to the best projects in each of eight categories: local leaders, businesses, community organizations, historical landmarks, environment, music, art, and local specialties. This White House-endorsed program encourages the youth to become community ambassadors by working collaboratively and using technology to share what they have learned. Students evaluate each other's projects by using a unique online evaluation tool.


Now in its 9th year, this year's CyberFair competition has involved some 430 schools worldwide (representing 300,000 students from 43 countries) participating in what is now considered as the longest running international cyber event for schools. Achieve and Unite! was the theme used in this year's contest as it sought to encourage the youth, for them to take action in order to improve their lives and to help unite the communities they live in. Entries were reviewed by a panel of distinguished international judges from countries such as Israel, Australia, and Germany. The regional affiliate programs, on the other hand, were run throughout the USA -- and in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Poland, Ghana and Cameroon.