Sharp Pencils and Minds:  It’s Math Contest Time!

February has been a great month for math enrichment and exploration. Over 50 students in Grades 9 to 11 took part in the annual University of Waterloo’s Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) Pascal, Cayley, and Fermat Math Contests on Wednesday, February 28. It was an hour of sheer concentration and calculation in the Stanfield Dining Hall where sharp pencils and minds scratched out possible solutions as our mathletes raced the clock to complete the 2024 competition consisting of 25 challenging problems.

As a lead-up to this year’s event, students attended an after-school “Pizza and Problems” enrichment session in my classroom where they worked collaboratively solving problems while sharing pizza. In addition to the Grade 9 Pascal Contest participants, keen math students from Grades 7 and 8 attended as well, and the “aha” math moments were many as the groups pooled their knowledge. Hats off to Grade 7 students Altyn Hood ’29 and Ruari Ryan ’29; Grade 8 students Yuhan (Tracy) Dong ’28 and Isabelle Sampson ’28; and Grade 9 students Charlie Boyle ’27, Micah Burch-Pottie ’27, Jonny Coldwell ’27, Jack Cosgrove ’27, Nathaelle Etou ’27, Andrew Klein ’27, Ryan MacDougall ’27, Max Proctor ’27, Bristol Quinn ’27, Addy Smith ’27, Sing-Wu (William) Tseng ’27, Isaac Woodworth ’27, and Chuhao (Cavan) Xiong ‘27 who challenged their abilities and problem-solved collaboratively like pros. From Dalhousie Math Circles to CEMC math contests, it has been a great run of activities for our mathletes this term. We look forward to receiving our contest results in early April.

Taya Shields
Junior School Director

King’s-Edgehill School is located in Mi'kma'ki, the unceded ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq People.