Way to go, Grade 7 and 8 Mathletes!
On Wednesday, May 13th, all Grade 7 and 8 students took part in the final Math competition of the year. It was the last in a series of yearlong challenging University of Waterloo CEMC (Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing) contests designed for students in Grades 7 through 12. Everyone benefits from the excellent problem-solving opportunities that these contests provide. The Grade 7 and 8 contest is the Gauss Math Contest, named after Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855), the famous German mathematician. The University of Waterloo did not conduct the official Gauss Competition this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but our own math and science specialist Mr. Kershaw created an online KES version of the Gauss Contest from his library of past problems. We were thrilled that we could continue with this challenge for our Grade 7 and 8 students in our Distance Learning programme. The online process worked well, and the results did not disappoint. I congratulate all students who participated and challenged their problem-solving abilities. Well done! The following students finished in the top 25% of all students who wrote at King’s-Edgehill. A perfect score (150) is a rare accomplishment. In my 37 years of teaching, we have had only three students achieve this standard of excellence. This year, Grade 8 student Lucas Martin adds his name to the distinguished list. I congratulate all students who took part in the contest this year and commend our top-scoring students:
Grade 8 students finishing in the top 25%:
Lucas Martin: 1st Place (a perfect score 150/150!)
Mengjin (Eric) He & Harrison Klein: 2nd Place (tie)
Elizabeth Hardy: 3rd Place
Grade 7 students finishing in the top 25% of those who wrote:
Kai Choo: 1st Place
Antonio Landry: 2nd Place
Alex Graham: 3rd Place
It has been a great year of mathematical growth for our students. From our earlier Dalhousie University Math Circles excursions to our current online math challenges, I commend all students for their interest and participation.
Junior School Director
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