/ 2 October 2020

THE VIDEO  entry of a high school student in Baguio City made it to the semifinals in a global science video competition.

Jeff Winxin Collado, 17, a student of Saint Louis University Laboratory High School, was among the 15  semi finalists chosen in the sixth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge Competition.

There were more than 200 entries submitted by students from various countries.

In his three-minute video, Collado talked about the Covid19 pandemic and how viruses transfer from animals to humans through a process called Zoonosis.

“It’s time for us humans to take action and be more cautious in dealing with wildlife,” he said.

Collado’s video got the highest combined total number of likes, shares and positive reactions in two categories— Asia and Covid19, which automatically qualified him to the final round of the competition, bypassing the next round of judging.

He will compete with video creators from other countries including the United States, Australia, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Korea, India, Indonesia, Italy, Morocco, Romania, United Kingdom, and Venezuela.

According to Breakthrough organizers, the competition sponsors shall assess the top five video entries and the popular vote top scorers and select the winner who will be announced in November 2020.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual video competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students aged 13 to 18 can submit short videos that bring to life a concept or theory in life sciences, physics or mathematics.