This winter, our very own Paul B. took first place in the seventh grade NY Math League competition across New York City and fourth place across NY State.
As the Math League team describes on their website “Math contests give students an educationally enriching opportunity to participate in an academically-oriented activity and to gain recognition for mathematical achievement.”
Seventy-three schools participated in the seventh-grade contest through out New York State. This competition was made accessible for the homeschool community, through Different Directions and efforts of Ekaterina, our higher-math teacher. (Who teaches math at Different Directions for students ages 12 to 18 on Tuesdays)
Out of a possible 35 questions, Paul answered 34 correctly. Indeed, an outstanding student, who at the age of 12 is already working on derivatives and integrals in his High School Math Exploration class at Different Directions. Paul doesn’t just have a mind for math, he is dedicated to learning. In addition to his success in his academic achievements, Paul’s teachers say he is an extremely humble, pleasant and communicative person. His math teacher Ekaterina is hopeful that Paul will further continue his participation in mathematical contests and one day possibly bring the United States a gold medal from the International Mathematics Olympiad.
For students interested in competitive mathematics and developing technical skills beyond common standards, next year Different Directions will be offering a class: “Math outside the box”. The class is open to all the students eager to learn math outside of the standard curriculum and interested in participating in mathematics competitions.