Cayman’s brightest young minds came together to test their mathematics skills in the recent two-day 2017 Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge in the Sir Vassel Johnson Multipurpose Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
A record 113 junior and senior high school students from both private and public schools throughout the Cayman Islands participated, including Cayman International School, Cayman Prep and High School, Clifton Hunter High School, Grace Christian Academy, John Gray High School, Layman E. Scott High School and St. Ignatius Catholic School.
The Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge has become a forum for some of Cayman’s most maths-savvy students to come together, share ideas and solve problems.Dart CEO Mark VanDevelde
The Mathematics Challenge tested students’ personal maths skills, as well as their ability to collaborate with peers. The Junior Challenge included a scavenger hunt where school teams tested their problem-solving ability. During the mixed-team challenges, both the junior and senior students worked to solve mathematical problems with their peers from other participating schools.
“In the past five years, the Mathematics Challenge has grown to be more than just a competition,” said CEO Mark VanDeVelde of Dart, which sponsors the event. “It has become a forum for some of Cayman’s most maths-savvy students to come together, share ideas and solve problems. The Minds Inspired programme fosters these relationships with the hope that one day these students will apply the same skills they are developing now to excel in their future careers and contribute to Cayman’s society.”
In the junior challenge, the overall champion Findlay Hudsen from Cayman Prep and High School also took home the Year 7 award. The Year 8 award went to Graeme Madison also of Cayman Prep and High and the Year 9 award went to Oisin McGeough of St. Ignatius Catholic School. Cayman Prep and High School also won the school team event, the mathematics scavenger hunt. Junior mixed-team winners were Hasani Hunt from John Gray High School, Jacob McMillan from Cayman Prep and High School and Michael Marzouca from St. Ignatius Catholic School.
In the senior challenge, Trey Milgate from Cayman Prep and High School was named overall champion and the Year 11 winner. Sarah Needham and Dominic Dyer of Cayman Prep and High School took the Year 12 and Year 13 awards respectively. Evan Murray from Triple C School was the recipient of the Year 10 award. Trey was also a member of the winning mixed team, alongside Arnold Berry of Clifton Hunter High School and Daniela Suarez of Cayman International School.
The overall champions from both age groups were each awarded $250 Camana Bay gift cards and the honour of having their names permanently affixed to the Mathematics Challenge trophy; year group winners and winning mixed-team members received $100 Camana Bay gift cards and medals. The junior challenge school team winner, Cayman Prep and High School, received robotics kits for their school.
“We are thrilled to create this opportunity for students from all Cayman Islands schools to come together and enjoy friendly competition and collaboration,” said Glenda McTaggart, Education Programmes Manager at Dart. “We are happy that we can celebrate and reward academic excellence, especially in STEM subjects.”
The focus on maths and science is rooted in Dart’s belief that these two subjects are fundamental building blocks for both academic and career success and the Minds Inspired Mathematics Challenge embodies the Dart family’s approach to, and philosophy of, pursuing educational excellence in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.
For more information on the Minds Inspired Education Programme visit mindsinspired.ky.