Recently eight Grade 9 to 11 Keystone students competed in the ACAMIS High School math competition. Fourteen schools competed in the event with a total of twenty-seven teams. There were individual rounds, team rounds and relays that challenged our students non-stop. Keystone’s results were incredible with every one of our students achieving an award. Our students rose to all the challenges with enthusiasm and good team work! Congratulations, students!
“Mathematics is not a book confined within a cover and bound between brazen clasps, whose contents it needs only patience to ransack; it is not a mine, whose treasures may take long to reduce into possession…it is not a soil, whose fertility can be exhausted by the yield of successive harvests; it is not a continent or an ocean, whose area can be mapped out and its contour defined: it is limitless as that space which it finds too narrow for its aspirations; its possibilities are as infinite as the worlds which are forever crowding in and multiplying upon the astronomer’s gaze,” said 19th century English mathematician James Joseph Sylvester.
At Keystone, the world of math expands students’ eyes to infinite possibilities for individual self-growth and collaborative learning. Students learn to view the world through the lens of Mathematics, expanding their horizons and gaining skills that will take them far beyond the walls of Keystone classrooms.
On May 17th and 18th, a delegation of Grade 9 to 11 Keystone students participated in the 2019 ACAMIS (Association of China and Mongolia International Schools) High School Math Olympiad held at the Canadian International School of Beijing. Students showcased their mathematic prowess, tackling challenging problems individually and as a team.
Throughout the academic year, students worked closely with their Mathematics Teacher and Grade Level Leader, Mrs. Prisana Heaton, learning new concepts and growing in their academic studies. “Students are always looking for ways to challenge themselves, whether it’s in the classroom or outside of class. Keystone has many talented and gifted mathematicians and this is one way for them to shine,” said Mrs. Heaton. “Seeing their math knowledge and confidence grow has been really rewarding. Problem solving as a team teaches the students to think critically, to listen to each other and be more aware of other people’s point of view. Students learn more from each other this way than they do from teachers.”
This year’s Math Olympiad was a two-day affair, with fourteen schools across Beijing competing and a total of twenty-seven teams participating. Each student in Keystone’s delegation received an award. Out of the possible twelve awards, the Keystone team received five.
- G9 – 1st Place Individual Rounds – Sam Zhang
- G11 – 1 st Place Individual Rounds – Cady Feng
- G11 – 3 rd Place Individual Rounds – Francis Liu
- 1st Place Team – Michael Chang, Kevin Zhang, Harry Zhou and Cady Feng
- 3 rd Place Team - Sam Zhang, Sunny Yang, Jimmy Chen and Francis Liu
Students beamed with pride after receiving their accolades, praising each other for their hard work and preparation leading up to the moment of victory. “When the ACAMIS High School Math Competition event was announced, there was a selection test and 8 top scoring students from grade 9 – 11 made up the two teams that represented Keystone Academy,” remarked Mrs. Heaton. “After the teams were selected, they met once a week as a group and spent time solving problems together. Students were also emailed problems sets to do after they have completed their required school work.”
This year’s competition results have inspired the Keystone community, and garnered more interest in mathematics competitions in Beijing. “More and more of our students are participating in the various math competitions on offer at Keystone every year,” beamed Mrs. Heaton. “Many of our students are receiving medals, certificate of distinction and honor rolls commendations for their exceptional results. There are many competitions throughout the year and I hope that students of all levels will participate and challenge themselves.”