Benildean wins SENIA Student Award 2012

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has another reason to celebrate as Ms. Andrea Ysabel Garcia Zubiri, an AB Photography freshman, bested nominees from all over Asia to win the inaugural SENIA Student Award.

The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It specially celebrates the achievements of a student who is able to raise awareness and inspire others on behalf of exceptional children in Asia.

During the awarding ceremony, Andrea was cited for her excellent academic achievement, well-rounded school involvement, and advocacy-driven projects. The SENIA Student Award committee noted Andrea’s essays and presentations on “Theories of Learning” where she explains the different ways people learn.

Andrea  Zubiri with her proud parents

Andrea Zubiri with her proud parents

The awarding ceremony was held during the SENIA 10 conference held at the Grand Four Wings Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on February 17, 2012. As an awardee, Andrea was given a chance to address more than 200 conference attendees from all over Asia. During her address, Andrea shared her dream for more schools to support students with learning disabilities. She hopes that students like her may be better understood and supported in order for them to succeed. This quote from her acceptance speech makes her sentiments known: “Why limit the questions of a student, when curiosity leads to understanding?” Andrea also shared the gospel song “Still” by Hillsong and expressed that: “It is a song I find comfort in when days get difficult and I feel alone”. Andrea is an example that living with a learning disability may be difficult but it is not a hindrance to success.

Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo: Terry Shuster)

Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo credit: Terry Shuster)


Andrea graduated from Brent International School Manila before she entered De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.

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