Math challenges high school students

Student participants at the Minds Inspired 2016 Junior Mathematics Challenge.

More than 100 students from all eight high schools in the Cayman Islands competed at the annual Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge at the University College of the Cayman Islands on April 14 and 15.

This year the event featured junior and senior categories.

In the junior challenge, Liam Sinclair of Cayman Prep received the Year 7 award, and junior challenge overall champion and Layman E. Scott High School student Kiara Brown won the Year 8 award. Samruddi Tagalpallewar of St. Ignatius received the Year 9 award.

As part of the challenge, students are placed in teams with students of other schools at random and compete against other teams.

The junior team winners this year were Adrian Powery of John Gray, John-David Reddyhough of St. Ignatius and Liam Sinclair of Cayman Prep.

John Gray High School was also the winning junior challenge project group, with their math-inspired game, Jengamathics.

In the senior challenge, following a tie-breaker, Matthew Penner from Cayman Prep was named overall champion and the Year 10 senior challenge winner.

The Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 awards in the senior challenge category went to Leann Mcleod of Cayman Prep, Cayman International’s Erik Bjerkholt, and Natalie Fleury, respectively.

Minds Inspired scholarship recipient Ethan Whittaker of Cayman Prep, Frank Noguera and Jacie Mascarenhas of Triple C School, and Gabriela Ritch of the Layman E. Scott High School were the senior challenge team winners.

Minds Inspired, an educational initiative by Dart, “is about finding ways to excite Cayman’s young people about STEM subjects, learning and education,” Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde said in a press release.

“Whether through the high school or university scholarships, the work experience programs or the maths challenge, our commitment to providing these exceptional young people with meaningful educational experiences is validated by the success of events such as this one,” he added.

“This year the wider cross section of grade levels, from Year 7 through 13, showcased a high level of academic excellence,” said Glenda McTaggart, manager of education programs at Dart Enterprises Ltd.

“Seeing students get excited about mathematics, and enjoying the opportunity to come together with like-minded students from across public and private high schools to collaborate and compete is remarkable,” she said.

The overall champions of the competition were awarded $250 Camana Bay gift cards and their names were permanently affixed to the Mathematics Challenge trophy.

Year group winners and winning mixed team received $100 Camana Bay gift cards and medals.