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MATHEMATICS CONTESTS AT SOS-HGIC

MATHEMATICS CONTESTS AT SOS-HGIC

The Mathematics Department of SOS-HGIC strives to endow students with a high ability to challenge themselves against other students around the world by competing in various Mathematical contests and competitions. Prominent among these contests have been the Canadian Mathematics Contests and recently, the International Mathematics Olympiad.

For the last nine years, the school has been registering some of our top students and others who express interest in writing such contests.

Canadian Mathematics Contests

The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, CEMC, of the University of Waterloo, Canada, gives the opportunity to over 200000 students to engage with their peers around the world in solving some challenging questions in the subject of Mathematics. SOS-HGIC has been involved with three of such contests, namely:

  • the Galois contest for students in grade 10 or below (for IG1 students)
  • the Hypatia contest for students in grade 11 or below (for IG2 students) and
  • the Euclid contest for students in grade 12 or below (for IB1 students).

The above mentioned contests are opportunities for students to write a full-solution test. They are fun ways to develop mathematical problem solving skills through a written mathematical activity.

The Mathematics Department registers between 4 and 8 students from each class for the various competitions to compete with over 18000 students worldwide in their divisions. The performances of our students have been very impressive with most of our students obtaining distinctions in their respective contests. Students obtain distinctions if they rank among the top 25% of all competing students. In the Galois and Hypatia contests, the distinction bracket is classified into Gold, Silver or Bronze by placing them in the ratio 1:2:3 respectively.

Senyo Kofi Ohene, of IB2, remains the all time top scorer in the Galois contest in the school.

Aidan Acquah, Class of 2011, is the all time top scorer in the Hypatia division; he obtained Gold in that year. Richard Awuku-Aboagye, Class of 2013, is the all time top scorer in the Euclid contest.

We encourage all students to visit the website, www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca, and practise some questions. Remember, Mathematics is meant to be fun and not scary!

International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the world championship problem solving competition for the most talented high school mathematicians selected globally through various national selection programs. The competition is by invitation only to the country's best high school mathematicians. Ghana's first invitation to the Olympiad was in the year 2014 in South Africa after the Olympiads 55 year history.

For the 2015 selection process, SOS-HGIC was invited to compete with other schools. At the end of all four rounds of the tournament, two of our students, Ms. Nuneke Fafa Kwetey and Master Senyo Kofi Edziani Ohene, then IB1 students, were considered among the top four high school Mathematics Students in Ghana. The two are part of a group of five students, who were invited to represent Ghana at this year’s International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand which took place from 4th -16th July, 2015. Among those who prepared the students for the competition was, Mr. Selorm Yaw Ohene, an alumnus of the school studying Mathematics at Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA. Selorm Ohene also accompanied the group to Thailand.

 

IT Department Contests

IT Department Contests

The IT Department offers students to partake in two contests, Google Code-in and Microsoft Office Specialist Competition.

Microsoft Office Specialist Competition

The Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship is a global competition that tests students' skills on Microsoft Office applications. Participating in this competition provides students with an excellent opportunity to showcase their Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint skills, have some fun and gain recognition.

SOS HGIC entered this contest for the first time in 2014. Out of the twenty students who participated, seventeen students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist Exam and were awarded a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification. Eight students from SOS-HGIC qualified to participate at the National Competition, which was held on March 21st, 2015. Esther Yeboah emerged third at the National Competition, thus qualifying to represent Ghana at the World Championship in Dallas, Texas in August 2015. Due to the success of this competition, the IT department has enrolled students to participate in the MOS World Championship 2016 on 6th April, 2016.

Google Code-In

The Google Code-in is a contest to introduce pre-university students (ages 13-17) to the many kinds of contributions that make open source software development possible. The IT department first enrolled students for the Google Code-in 2013 Competition.

The Google Code-in 2013 contest ran from November 18, 2013 to January 6, 2014. During the seven week period students were given bite-sized tasks to complete and submit online. Students could choose tasks from varying categories:

  • Code: Tasks related to writing or refactoring code
  • Documentation/Training: Tasks related to creating/editing documents and helping others learn more
  • Outreach/Research: Tasks related to community management, outreach/marketing or studying problems and recommending solutions
  • Quality Assurance: Tasks related to testing and ensuring code is of high quality
  • User Interface: Tasks related to user experience research or user interface design and interaction

Ten students were registered to represent SOS-HGIC in the competition. Four students successfully completed the tasks and were awarded Google T-shirts and certifications.

The department will continue to enroll students in this competition, as the experience gained from the Google Code-in 2013 competition has enriched students’ computing skills in different ways. The Google Code-in competition helps students not only apply what they have learnt in class but build their confidence, work on a project under limited time and improve on their creative skills. Students will be enrolled in the upcoming Google Code-in 2015 competition, starting on December 7th, 2015.

English Department Contests

The Orator of the Year public speaking competition

An initiative of the English Department, the ‘Orator of the Year’ competition was introduced in 2013 not only to improve students’ spoken English, but also to inspire and instill confidence in them through the art of public speaking. It has become a staple every year in January and it is an understatement to say it is one of the most exciting programmes on the SOS-HGIC calendar. In this thrilling event students from IG1 to IB2 speak passionately, persuasively and eloquently for 3 minutes to the school community on any subject of their choice linked to an overarching theme set/chosen by the department. Prior to the competition, the contestants research, prepare and practice their speeches relentlessly. Students who have participated and even won trophies in this contest have affirmed that their confidence has soared tremendously. This yearly event continues to grow from strength to strength and to garner the support and patronage of the school community.

The International Public Policy Forum Debate

The Brewer Foundation’s International Public Policy Forum (IPPF) debate is a valuable opportunity for high school students to debate each other and build essential written and verbal skills while competing for the  10,000 US-dollar grand prize, as well as the trophy and title of IPPF Champion!

In October 2015, 3 students from SOS Hermann Gmeiner International College (SOS-HGIC) - Jonathan Kweku Akaba, Naasey Arthur and Darley Sackitey - qualified for the top 64 round of the 13th annual IPPF debate. In the qualifying rounds, joining 242 schools from across the globe, the SOS-HGIC team submitted a 2,800 word essay on the topic, "Resolved: Genetically modified organisms are essential to global food security." in the qualifying rounds.

In late November, the top 64 teams were selected. These represented 47 U.S. teams from 24 states and 17 international teams from 15 countries including China, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Japan and India with the SOS-HGIC team as one of only two African representatives and the sole representative of Ghana. They received certificates of participation and medals marking their remarkable achievement. For this, we as a school community collectively say, Ayekoo!  This year, the Writers’Centre will be preparing a new team of intrepid debaters to pursue the International Public Policy Forum Debate trophy for the second year  in a row.