The Jakarta Post
Four Indonesian high school students have won silver medals during the 29th International Biology Olympiad (IBO) in Tehran.
The four students are Samuel Kevin Pasaribu, Syailendra Karuna Sugito, Aditya David Wirawan and Silingga Metta Jauhari.
“We are very proud of the four participants who won silver at the international level biology olympiad,” said Indonesia’s Ambassador to Iran Octavino Alimuddin in a statement released on Sunday.
Some 265 participants from 78 countries competed in the olympiad, held from July 15 to 22. The Indonesian team was composed of four competitors, five chaperones and one jury member.
The annual IBO competition for high school students has been held since the 1960s.
The education ministry of each participating country can send up to four students to compete, who are graded and ranked individually on both their theoretical and practical knowledge of biology.
The IBO itself does not rank countries but countries take pride in counting the number of medals won by their students as a measure of international prestige.
This year, for instance, the Taiwan team won four gold medals, while the Vietnam team won three gold and one silver. Last year, Indonesia won one gold, two silver and one bronze.
Next year’s olympiad will be held in July in Szeged, Hungary. (nor/ahw)