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College Mathex Success

August 30, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Congratulations to two of our Middle School Mathex teams who placed 1st and 3rd at the recent annual Casio Auckland Mathematical Association Mathex competition held at ASB stadium.

This is always an exciting night of mathematical challenge. Teams of four talented maths students were posed 20 challenging mathematical problem solving questions in an attempt to gain a maximum of 100 points. There is a twist. To receive each question, a runner from the team must complete a loop around the stadium to the marker and back to their table. Once answered, they run back to the marker. If their answer is correct, they receive the next question…and if it’s wrong, they start all over again!

Saint Kentigern College sent eight teams; two at each year level from Years 7 to 10.  All of the teams came in the top half of their competition against over 100 teams from schools across Auckland but it was the Year 9 and 10 teams who finished strongly.

The Year 10 team comprising Haswell Brooke, Jonathan Lee, Cameron Low and Kevin Shen (coached by James Yang,Year 12) won the cup for Year 10 students. This is the fourth time in the past ten years that Saint Kentigern College has won this cup.

The Year 9 team of Kane Cocker, Connor Hackney i Smith, Joshua Looker, and Bill Yang (coached by Shuo Yang, Year 12) also competed strongly and finished tied for second place - but after a tie breaker were placed third. 

The coaches of the Mathex teams deserve a special mention. They bring their knowledge of prior competition to their coaching sessions and help the teams enormously in their preparation. Congratulations to all these students!

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