May 5 2016
MSMS Students Show Off Their Smarts at Math Olympiad
It can’t be said that Burlington kids don’t know their math.
Several students from the Marshall Simonds Middle School were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program, a MSMS blog post states. They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of Neeti Bharathan and Jane Lynch. They taught the students to solve unusual and difficult problems and to think creatively, the blog states.
The students responded well and were recognized with certificates for their participation. The silver pin is awarded to the students in the top 10%. The top 10% winners were Daniel Nguyen, Amit Shenot, Neev Maru, Anthony Minichiello, Rushil Patel and Rohan Varma.
“These fine mathletes will be participating in a Middlesex Math Madness Tournament at the Memorial school on May 14th,” the blog reads. “This is the third annual tournament and Marshall Simonds 6th graders have been victorious in their past showings.”
Each year the Math Olympiads serves more than 100,000 students on nearly 5000 teams nationally and about 50,000 students on 1000 teams in more than 30 other countries. Since 1979, it has provided thought-provoking problems that stretch the abilities of students in grades 4-8, strengthening their foundations for both assessment tests and more advanced studies.
“Our students have responded to the challenge with eagerness and enthusiasm,” the blog says. “Well done sixth grade Math Olympiads!”