June 21, 2019

Erindale students excel in university math competition

​Two students from Erindale Secondary School, Freeman Cheng and Andrew Tang, recently competed in the Euclid Math Competition, placing 1st and 12th overall respectively.

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The Euclid Math Competition is hosted by the University of Waterloo's Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing for high school students. The contest consists of 10 questions, requiring writers to state the answer and show the work.

For Cheng, the experience could be summarized as rewarding. "I had improved 19 points from my attempt at the contest last year. I am glad I decided to practice more."

Freeman and Andrew found support from their parents and communities in preparing for the competition. Math tutors were instrumental in helping the two prepare their minds for Euclid.

Tang approached the competition as a chance to enjoy solving problems. "In middle school, I had friends who had an interest in problem solving and puzzles were writing CEMC math contests. Since I like to problem solve and to challenge myself, I decided to try it out myself."

The two students had words of wisdom for anyone considering competing in Euclid or similar contests.

"One thing I can say with 100 per cent certainty is that the more challenging problems a person does, the better at math they will get," says Cheng.

For Tang, his advice is quite simple, "The contest is meant to be fun, just enjoy problem-solving."

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