Burnaby South math whiz Boya Yang took first place in the country in the Canadian National Mathematics League, a contest put on every year by the University of Windsor’s Mathematics Department. “Overall school scores” earned Moscrop second place in Canada, and Burnaby South came in twelfth. The contest for Grades 8-12 runs over six months with a math test written once a month.
Mathletes from Burnaby Mountain, Moscrop, Burnaby South, and Burnaby Central competed at the Provincial Math Challengers Competition held recently at UBC. All of the top math schools from around the province were there. Moscrop’s Grade 9 team came in second place, while the Grade 10 team ranked fourth in the competition. Burnaby South’s Grade 10 team placed seventh.
The top ten individual students from each grade were announced and invited to compete in a face off round. Grade 9 Burnaby Mountain student Rian Popat took first place in this portion of the competition. The results put these Burnaby Schools students in the premier spots. They are considered the very top math students in BC:
- 1st place – Grade 9 – Rian Popat, Burnaby Mountain
- 4th place – Grade 9 – Anna Li, Moscrop
- 5th place – Grade 10 – Anna Rojrattanachai, Moscrop
- 5th place – Grade 9 – Bradley Louie, Burnaby Central
- 8th place – Grade 8 – Samuel Zheng, Moscrop
- 9th place – Grade 9 – Felix We, Burnaby South
- 11th place – Grade 10 – Winnie Wu, Moscrop
- 11th place – Grade 9 – Andy Chang, Moscrop
Students in all eight Burnaby secondary schools enter several national math contests put out by the University of Waterloo each year. Grade 11 Burnaby Mountain student Eric Zhou was an outstanding achiever in the Fermat Contest. He is one of eighty students invited to attend the Lloyd Auckland Invitational Mathematics Workshop from May 26 to June 1 hosted by the University of Waterloo.
Hundreds of Burnaby Schools students enter math contests throughout the school year. Students who excel in math are encouraged to participate. Testing a student’s ability can have additional worthwhile outcomes, beyond the experience of the challenge, itself. Universities, colleges, and employers tell us they’re looking for a new type of graduate—one with strong critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Math supports those skills, and math contests showcase the results.