Inspiring Personalities

17-year-old girl builds artificial ‘brain’ to detect breast cancer
Brittany Wenger from Florida and she won the grand prize in the Google Science Fair for making a computer program that can 99.1% diagnose breast cancer. She beat 30 finalists from all over the world. Brittany spent 600 hours (or 3 months if compared to the average Philippine office schedule) to code this science project. It uses tissue samples to assess signs of breast cancer. Read more about her winning work here

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Oscar Pistorius, South Africa's Amputee Olympic Athlete
Oscar Pistorius is enough to make the 2012 London Olympics very memorable and momentous. A double knee amputee, Oscar will compete in the 100m, 200m and 400m relay events. We wish you all the best and we are inspired by your story. More of Oscar through his website here.

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Fil-Canadian Mom Chooses Education for Better Future 
A mom at 16 and a high school drop out, Charlaine Ang could have settled with her fast-food job and not become a scholar at Capilano University next year.

How did she do it? Through the youth program of Vancouver School Board's South Hill Education Centre and the Tupper Young Parent Services alternative program, that is.

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Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Regional Education Forum 2012 Top Winners are from the Philippines, Global Filipino Teachers Indeed 
 Filipino teachers who represented the Philippines and brought home the top prizes besting 60 other representatives from Asia Pacific during the 2012 Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Regional Education Forum held last March in Auckland, New Zealand -  They are Shateen Seraña of Tuan Datu Hadji Abdulla Niño Memorial High School in Zamboanga, Edalyn Olis of Lala National High School in Lanao del Norte, and Estelito Mendoza of Baguio National High School. Read full story

A Little School That Could
In an unpopular school in Bicol, Sorsogon State College (SSC) has produced  Top 1 and Top 2 board exam takers of mechanical engineering of 2011 September exam results. The two male graduates are sons of a tricycle driver and a farmer/fisherman.
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Harish Hande: 2011 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee for harnessing green energy for the poor 
 A graduate of Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Indian national Harish Hande's eyes were opened that using small scale, stand-alone installations instead of large centralized thermal stations – was more effective in reaching poor, remote villages where life is backward and technology is most needed.

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Young Physics Teacher at Pampanga National High School (PNHS) overcame poverty through the help of scholarship 
“There were days when I can’t go to school because I didn’t have money for jeepney fare,” recounts 23-year-old Rodel Verzosa to FilAm Star in Tagalog. “And if I did, that’s all I had. So during lunchtime, I just stayed in the library because I had nothing to eat.” 
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