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Mar 9, 2011

St. John’s College wins Math Olympiad

After weeks of intense competition, the Math Olympiad came down to the wire at the U.B. gymnasium in Belmopan today. Three schools were returning champions while the remaining two got a first shot at the most demanding competition that challenged their math skills with speed and accuracy. News Five’s Delahnie Bain was present when the participants tackled the last question to take the glory and the trophy.

Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The Belize Math Olympiad 2011 started on February second and following regional competitions, forty high schools from across the country were narrowed down to the top five. It all came down to today; the final showdown for the national championship, which was held at the U.B. gymnasium in Belmopan.

Leticia Vega, Program Coordinator, Belize Math Olympiad

Leticia Vega

“What we have here is all the regional winners coming together. So we have the best of all the regions coming together to compete to be the national champions. Of the five regional winners, we have three who have already been national champions before and then we have two new competing for the National Championships. Those are St. Catherine’s Academy and Julian Cho. But the other three; St. John’s College, C.C.C. and Belize Christian Academy have already been champions.”

At the end of the final match, the St. John’s College team claimed the first place trophy with a score of four thousand, three hundred and ninety-nine points. Corozal Community College took second with one thousand, seven hundred and one.

Romel Rudon

Romel Rudon, Senior Member, St. John’s College Team

“It feels extremely good because it’s good to know that after putting in so many hours of work it finally paid off.  It was much more stressful; very intense. It basically followed the same pattern. Our juniors came up with a little sum and then Aaron and I just topped it off in senior round.”

Nadine Williams, Coach, St. John’s College Team

“It feels great. I feel real, real, real good. After a lot of hard work, it feels good; a payoff, a good payoff.”

Otoniel Riverol, Senior Member, Corozal Community College Team

Otoniel Rivero

“I’m happy, but I wanted first because I was dedicating my whole time to math; this whole week and yesterday whole day practice at school.  We tried to buzz in as soon as possible because we know John’s would have done that. But you get nervous when you reach there and you don’t want to buzz in because more pressure is on you and then it’s harder to answer.”

Carol Batty, Coach, Corozal Community College Team

“They could have done better but when we are sitting at the background we don’t know what’s going through their minds. So I’m proud of them; whatever they did, they did their best.”

Nadine Williams

The teams were under pressure and the coaches say the preparation was just as difficult.

Nadine Williams

“We had a lot of practice sessions at the beginning of the year. As a matter of fact, I should say last year our losing was a big blow and so we got started immediately. We didn’t waste a second and so we got started right there and then in April of last year.  We met on Tuesdays in our math clubs and then as we approached November/December we had our internal Math Olympiad competition. We do that every year for the last five years and we do that as a way of selecting our participants for the school.”

Carol Batty

Carol Batty

“We actually give them questions to practice and then on certain days we actually give them a competition similar to the one that is being done here because they have to get the little experience.”

According to Program Coordinator, Leticia Vega, this year’s game was a success and while S.J.C. is enthusiastic about the competition, the interest is dwindling up north.

Leticia Vega

“You can see the enthusiasm is very high, participation is very high, some schools bringing in buses of cheerleaders. I think that’s the motivating part of the Belize Math Olympiad because it inspires us to have it every year. I would say it’s a huge success. Thanks to everyone who made it that way.”

Nadine Williams

“The school believes in them. The students, the teachers in general believe in the Math Olympiad and believe that the students are equipped to do well. What is taught in the classroom, the foundation laid by all the math teachers is good.”

Carol Batty

“They were more motivated at first and that’s what I was telling Social Security; something seems to be lacking and we need to find that element because every year we are getting a smaller number of students participating. So we need to find that factor.”

St. Catherine Academy took third place with three hundred and ninety-nine points. Meanwhile, two teams ended the game with a score of zero. Julian Cho Technical didn’t score any points and Belize Christian Academy wagered their entire one thousand seven hundred points on the last question, which all teams answered incorrectly.  Delahnie Bain for News Five.

Each member of the S.J.C. team won a computer, medals and cash prizes while their school was awarded a projector. All other participants, including alternates and coaches, received consolation prizes.

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2 Responses for “St. John’s College wins Math Olympiad”


    One more victory we can be proud of, and can celebrate with peace and a little bit of love.

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