Negros high school students to compete in environment tilt

THE best high school students of five schools in Negros Island will be pitted against each other to win this year’s championship title in the Battle of the Brains (BOTB) contest on the environment.

Geothermal power giant Energy Development Corporation (EDC) is the prime mover of the BOTB contest that is now on its second year. It aims to engage students in environmental concerns, especially on renewable energy.

Mate Espina, EDC communications consultant, said the five schools that made it to Tuesday’s (September 5) grand finals are: National High School-Atipuluan Extension in Bago City, Southland College of Kabankalan City, Negros Oriental High School in Dumaguete City, Bais City National High School, and Don Vicente Gustilo Memorial National High School in Cadiz City.

This year’s BOTB contest saw 45 high schools taking part in the preliminary and semi-finals.

The theme for this year’s BOTB quiz bee is “Renewable Energy for a Brighter Future.”

Topics during the BOTB Negros grand finals will focus on the environment, renewable energy, biodiversity, climate change issues and policies, and current events related to these topics.

Through the contest, participants and audiences alike learn about the benefits of renewable energy and its importance to the country.

It is hoped that the event will inspire the Negros youth to attempt to live more sustainably, and to teach and influence others to do the same, said EDC in a media release.

Up for grabs in the September 5 grand finals at the Robinson's Place Dumaguete is a Positive Energy BOTB trophy and a P30,000 cash prize.

The winners will also be able to meet and greet TV star Robi Domingo, who will be the special guest at the BOTB grand finals. (PNA)