Students in Mr. Webb’s class from left to right are: Chelsea Agnew, Shay Devine, Judah Liddell, Kenneth Lochhead, Declan Sestak, Mitzi Shea-Lumley and Veda McLellan. Photo by Royston Elementary

Winning formula as Royston Elementary students claim top spot in math competition

It wasn’t as easy as pi, but students from Royston Elementary can now claim top spot as the country’s best student mathematicians.

Teacher Rob Webb’s Grade 5/6 class from the school claimed first place in Sumdog’s Canadian National Math Competition in late November, beating all other registered classes.

In total, 1,123 students participated across Canada with each student answering 1,000 math questions online during the week-long competition, explained Mary Lee, communications and community engagement manager for School District 71.

The contest is open to anyone in Canada who uses the Sumdog website. Students are ranked individually, but the score for the contest is the average of the top ten students in each class, she noted.

The contest adjusts the questions based on student results, so anyone from any grade can participate.

Students had one week to answer their 1,000 questions, which were delivered in a multiple-choice, game-based format.

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