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Highland Academy of Canada Excels at the 2024 Waterloo Math Contest

Rowena Lin

This year marked a special milestone for Highland Academy of Canada, as they were selected to participate in the prestigious team math contest hosted by the University of Waterloo. On April 10th, under the capable guidance of Teacher Chern, head of the math research group, six gifted students embarked on an enriching journey to compete in a full day of mathematical challenges and team-building exercises. The event kicked off with an informative tour of the University of Waterloo's campus. Guided by a knowledgeable tour guide, the team explored educational buildings, dormitories, and the extensive library. The tour not only familiarized them with the campus layout but also immersed them in its vibrant academic and creative spirit. Following a nourishing breakfast, creativity was on full display as each team crafted unique and imaginative banners, setting the stage for a day of friendly yet fierce competition. The welcoming address by Professor Ian VanderBurgh set an inspiring tone for the day. He outlined the rigorous schedule, encouraged collaborative spirit among the competitors, and expressed high hopes for everyone's success. The competitions were both thrilling and demanding. Over three intense hours, the participants delved deep into their mathematical knowledge, accumulated through years of dedicated study. The focus was palpable as teams worked together seamlessly to tackle complex problems, demonstrating their profound understanding and exceptional problem-solving skills. A standout moment of the day was the series of motivational talks by invited guests, who provided thought-provoking insights and reinforced the students’ resolve to pursue scientific excellence. The event concluded with a delightful pizza dinner, offering participants a well-deserved break and time to reflect on the day’s achievements and lessons. It was a perfect end to a day filled with intellectual stimulation and camaraderie. The 2024 Waterloo Math Contest showcased the undeniable power of teamwork and collaboration. Although the event lasted only a day, it left a lasting impression on the participants—fueling their enthusiasm, fostering deeper connections, and creating memories that will inspire them for years to come. Highland Academy of Canada eagerly anticipates next year’s contest, ready to return with even greater vigor and passion.


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