At the beginning of the Fellowship, I have already expected that this experience will involve leaving my mark to the students, school, and the community. But as I journeyed through it, I learned that what’s more important is I lead and enable others to leave their own mark. I have witnessed this when I had the opportunity to coach five (5) pupils for a Science Olympiad – a highlight that has left mark in me.
With only a month of preparation, we were informed that our school was invited to join the Division of Cagayan de Oro Science Quiz Bee. Both excited and hesitant, I accepted the challenge to coach and train five (5) pupils from Grades 3-6. For almost 3 hours a day, under a tree or inside the container van, whether it rained or not, we reviewed past lessons and practiced answering questionnaires. More than having a difficult time, they had determination and eagerness to come after school and still train.
Up until the day of competition, all they had was excitement. They were placed in different rooms were 50+ participants were seated. In one of the rooms, I saw the list of all participating schools – except the Macapaya extension. I almost teared up. I know, not all schools know our campus, but I expected a little from the Division.
Nevertheless, my pupils did well for their first-ever interschool tournament. In the Environmental Science category, my pupil placed fifth (5th). I am extremely and equally proud of them and their enthusiasm. Although they weren’t recognized, I believed that in a way, the students have left their marks and Camaman-an Elementary School – Macapaya Campus has already been put on the map – ready to conquer the Division next time.