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Scarborough ‘mathletes’ place in top 40 in global competition

Two Scarborough math whizzes have placed in the top 40 in the world after an intense, two-day online competition.

Two Scarborough math whizzes have placed in the top 40 in the world after an intense, two-day online competition.

Omar Afzalzada, a Grade 2 student, placed 31st in the World Maths Day competition. and Rafsan Kabir, in Grade 7, placed 39th.

“The attitude of our children is so positive towards math,” said Michelle Mayers, principal at St. Margaret’s Public School, which both boys attend.

“They are very happy and excited and want to know when it’s happening again.”

About 120 of 380 students at the school, near Lawrence Avenue East and Kingston Road, took part in the math competition and are also members of the school’s math league.

The World Maths Day competition has children complete up to 500, 60-second grade-appropriate math quizzes, and kids are ranked by number of questions answered as well as accuracy.

More than three errors in any quiz, and the student is disqualified.

Two million students from 37,000 schools in 200 countries took part this year.

As of Thursday, more than 524 million questions had been answered correctly. With this competition over, the St. Margaret’s Public School “mathletes” turn their sights on another one in early April, in a test run by the University of Waterloo

 
 
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