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September 3, 2008 > MathEdge Team Wins Merit Award

MathEdge Team Wins Merit Award

Submitted By Eric Chan

Eight students from the Bay Area, ranging from 5th to 7th graders, competed in the Twelfth Po Leung Kuk Primary Mathematics World Contest (PMWC) held from July 12th to 17th in Hong Kong. Forty-four teams of about 200 students from various countries across the globe, including Indonesia, Singapore, Mexico, the Philippines, Bulgaria, China, India, Japan, Malaysia and South Africa participated in the competition. Math teams consisting of eight students represented California's East Bay and Silicon Valley. Participation in this contest was by invitation only.

The students representing the East Bay team were Jerry Wu (6th grader from Mission San Jose Elementary School in Fremont), Andrew He (5th grader from Stevens Creek Elementary School in Cupertino), Vincent Ho (7th grader from Horner Jr. High School in Fremont), and Alexander Hong (5th grader from EDS school in San Jose). The East Bay team won the Merit award and two team members, Jerry Wu and Andrew He, won third place for individual performance.

Students representing the Silicon Valley team were Arjun Manimaran (7th grader from Peterson School in Sunnyvale), Rohan Mathuria (6th grader from Gomes School in Fremont), Isaac Lam (7th grader from Miller School in Cupertino), and Varun Mohan (6th grader from Challenger school in Sunnyvale). The eight students were selected from two rounds of tryouts administered by MathEdge. The first tryout was held in early February with 134 students, ranging from 3rd to 7th graders, from 76 different Bay Area schools.

Qualifying to compete in the PMWC requires sound reasoning, logical thinking and, most importantly, problem solving skills, which is an excellent supplement to traditional school math. Therefore, the students selected had to show an ability to focus on the entire problem solving process instead of only getting the right answers.

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