LA TRINIDAD -- Benguet State University (BSU) students are among the topnotchers in nursing board exams.

The state college landed two in the top ten with 6th placer Keren Joy Tuban Compelio, with a passing rate of 84.80, and 8th placer Rencel Finnos Valdez Sabog, who got a passing rate of 84.40.

“We are very happy in the BSU family for this achievement,” BSU Vice President for Academic Affairs Percyveranda Lubrica said.

Lubrica said BSU has been a consistent performer in the various board exams.

A total of 17,896 examinees took the Nursing Licensure Exams in testing centers in Bacolod, Baguio, Cabanatuan, CDO, Cebu, Davao, Dagupan, Iloilo, Laoag, Legazpi, Lucena, Manila, Pagadian, Tacloban, Tuguegarao and Zamboanga.

Lubrica said Compelio is the class Magna Cum Laude, while Sabog graduated Cum Laude.

“We take pride in the achievements of our students,” she said.

Lubrica said the university has a 98.68 passing rate in the NLE, with 75 out of 76 students making it in the board.

“The one student is being assessed by the PRC now,” the school official said.

BSU is now celebrating its 99th year and has over 11,000 students in the state university and 58 degree programs available.

The Mountain State Agricultural College was converted to Benguet State University by virtue of Presidential Decree 2010 signed by then President Ferdinand Marcos.

Initiatives for development started in the 70s when former assemblyman Andres Cosalan filed a bill for the elevation of the Mountain State Agricultural College into a university that was later re-filed with some amendments in 1984 by then congressman Samuel Dangwa.

Another local leader responsible for the attainment of university status was former Benguet Governor Ben Palispis.