Harrellians surfaced as champions within the Vex Expert Category during the 5th Philippine Robothon held last 15th of October, 2016 in De La Salle University Integrated School. The competitors trained in both constructing and programming VEX IQ Robots under the tutelage of Ms. Catherine Mandaue.
The news of their accomplishment was nothing short of out of the blue for no one expected their victory coming. “But nonetheless, we did,” Gai said. “That’s what one of Harrell’s defining marks, right? Making something extraordinary out of ordinary people.”
When asked about their experiences, Voun told us that, “Even though we trained hard for the event, we couldn’t help but feel nervous seeing as how we are representing the school in a
“We didn’t want to get overwhelmed by fear,” Jayrome said, expressing his thoughts when the weight of their responsibility was realized. “While we understood that we were the flagbearers, we were Harrellians first and Harrellians, whether in victory or loss,
remains gracious. We have nothing more to prove other than that, so we took the situation calmly, we didn’t mind whether we win or lose as it is the experience that counts the most, and just did what we were trained to do.”
On December 4 2016, Voun Marc Alvarez and Jayrome Balanza, together with Jan Anthony Alli and Oswald Vince Mendoza will not only be the official representatives for our school, but also for the entire Philippines as they cross international waters to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to compete against other robot-builders and programmers from all over the world.