Spirit of Math Ready for the WMO!

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Spirit of Math Ready for the WMO!

Today is Spirit of Math’s big day on the global competition stage


Following extensive “boot camps” in Toronto, it’s finally go-time for Team Canada at the World Mathematical Olympiad (WMO) in Beijing, China. Today’s international math competition will see a congregation of competing students take their math skills to the next level as they fiercely face a field of teams from highly competitive nations such as Canada, Britain, China, South Korea and the United States.


Tristan Scarlett, one of twelve Spirit of Math (SoM) students representing Canada at the WMO, is no stranger to math competitions. He has competed in both the Math Kangaroo and Caribou Contest, but the WMO will be his first international contest outside of his hometown, Ottawa, Ontario.


For high-performing and gifted students like Tristan, competitions such as the WMO provide a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, according to his mother, Beth Scarlett.


“For kids whose strength is in academics, they don’t get much opportunity to work in teams,” she explains. “A lot of Tristan’s friends are on hockey teams or play competitive soccer, and they get to have these neat experiences where they get to travel with their teammates and compete together. Tristan doesn’t play hockey, this (math)  is his thing. It’s giving him a chance to work with a team and travel with a team to get that really cool experience and feeling to rely on each other and work together.”


Canada is exclusively represented at the WMO by a team of SoM students from Grades 3 to 6. The SoM students will be competing in the Grade 3-4 and Grade 5-6 categories. Representing Team Canada Level  1 (Grades 3-4): Tristan Scarlett, Andrew Lin, Derek Chen, Emma Tang, Jessica Jung, and Victor Sarca; Team Canada Level 2 (Grades 5-6): Anthony Golubev, Andrew Radin, Caroline Cheng, Eddie Mocanu, Gavin An, and Tai Poole.


“Not many people in their lifetime get to represent Canada in anything,” Beth said of the opportunity for Tristan to represent his country at the event.  “This opportunity is pretty huge. They are trying not to put pressure on themselves, but it’s a super cool experience to be there as Canadians and show the other teams what they can do.”

Math competitions provide students with a medium for them to prepare, apply and showcase their math knowledge on a national or international stage.


To compete in mathematics at a high-level, participants must have sharp critical analysis skills, which SoM students have in spades thanks to a unique program that focuses on a sophisticated curriculum of problem solving, logical thinking and co-operation.


For Tristan, the fun of math competitions is the ability to work closely with his teammates to achieve a common goal, while learning new math concepts that he’ll carry with him for a lifetime.


“Competitions are important for math students, because they can learn new things,” Tristin says. “For example, a new type of division they didn’t know before, then they can work on that and it can potentially become something very big in their future.”

Join us in wishing SoM’s #TeamCanada the best of luck at 2017 WMO in Beijing.


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