After weeks of rigorous mathematical warm-ups, focused calculations, racing against the clock, and practicing staying calm, cool, and collected under pressure it was time for LBPSB’s Math Olympians and their coaches to enter the arena.
Lakeside Academy held the 1st night of the Math Olympics where student competitors from Allion, Beechwood, Children’s World Academy, Clearpoint, Dorval, Edgewater, Lasalle Sr., St. John Fisher Sr., St. Patrick, Sunshine, and Westpark elementary schools squared off.
Night 2 of the Math Olympics took place at Riverdale High School where it was time for Dorset, Evergreen, Forest Hill Sr., Kingsdale, Margaret Manson, Sherbrooke Academy Sr. Springdale, St. Anthony, St. Charles, St. Edmund, Terry Fox and Wilder Penfield to show their work.
A team of Lakeside Academy and Riverdale high school student volunteers were the ideal hosts and coordinated the Olympic proceedings by distributing the questions, scoring the questions, and watching the clock. They too spent weeks preparing for the event under the guidance of their coaches.
Participating students took their seats at desks at the front of the gyms. Each round presented a variety of sports-themed math questions. As the clock counted down, the gyms were silent (believe it or not) as the students worked quickly and diligently; never showing signs of nervousness or pressure.
In between rounds, the students raised their team spirit by cheering their friends on and congratulating other participating schools. It was a true testament to good sportsmanship.
It wouldn’t be a tangent to mention that the audience was stacked each night with cheering families, teachers, and principals showing their support and pride in these young Olympians. But the audience was a very engaged and active one; many in the crowd simulating their own competition with the students’ questions (and some getting stumped).
It was a fierce and friendly competition. The 1st night concluded with a gold medal being awarded to Westpark, silver medals to St. John Fisher Sr. & Edgewater and Lasalle Sr. taking home bronze.
Night 2 of the Math Olympics brought Dorset gold, Terry Fox and St. Edmund silver, and Wilder Penfield bronze. But in the end, every participating student was awarded with encouragement and hearty congratulations. The Director General really meant it when he said ‘everyone is a winner.’