Students rise to math challenge

Cayman International School student Nikolas Wolfe was the overall champion of the Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge last week. 

Thirty students from six high schools across Grand Cayman took on the challenge, in which the schools were encouraged to enter up to six of their best mathematicians for the half-day event. 

Nikolas received a $200 Camana Bay gift card and his name will be permanently affixed to the Mathematics Challenge Trophy. 

The Years 11, 10 and 9 awards went to Erik Bjerkholt, also of Cayman International School, Charlotte Hodkin of Cayman Prep and High School, and Dominic Owens, of St. Ignatius Catholic School, respectively. The winners each received $100 Camana Bay gift cards. 

The winning trio in the team competition were Emma Turnbull, a Minds Inspired Scholar at Cayman Prep and High School, Kris Aleria, of John Gray High School, and Kimberly King, of Clifton Hunter High School, each of whom received Camana Bay gift cards valued at $50. 

Students were tested in a series of eight 10-minute individual rounds before being randomly selected and placed in teams for an hour-long competition, moving from station to station and answering 10 challenge questions. This year, a lightning tiebreaker round was held to determine the champions of the team competition – a first for the Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge, which is sponsored by Dart. 

“The students truly bought their A-game,” said Glenda McTaggart, manager of education programs at Dart Enterprises Ltd. 

“The Mathematics Challenge encourages students to push their academic abilities and critical thinking skills while putting their understanding of mathematics to the test. The students thoroughly enjoyed the individual rounds, as well as the team competition which provided them with the opportunity to collaborate with mathematics students from other schools,” she added. 

Ms. McTaggart said this year’s event included a wider cross-section of grade levels who showcased a high level of academic excellence. 

“The questions, and added pressure of a timed event, adds a level of difficulty, and students selected to participate should be proud they were chosen to represent their school. We look forward to hosting this event next year and seeing what 2016 brings,” she said.  

This was the third year of the Minds Inspired event. It was held on May 8 at the University College of the Cayman Islands. 

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Organizers and student participants of the 2015 Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge.