As part of an attempt to inspire our students to develop an interest in and love for the subject, the Mathematics Department of SOS-HGIC over the past ten years has been giving those students who have the ability or desire to challenge themselves against others around the world the opportunity to compete in the Canadian Mathematics Contests, organized by the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, CEMC, University of Waterloo, Canada. Our IG1, IG2 and IB1 students are registered for the Galois, Hypatia and the Euclid Contests respectively. The questions are sent to SOS-HGIC and the written scripts are sent back to Canada for marking. About 16000 to 20000 students write each of these contests each year from about 1500 schools worldwide. For more information on these contests, please visit www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca. It must be said that most of our students have done well in all these contests over the years with each year group trying to improve on what the previous year group achieved.
On 7th April 2017, three of our IB1 students Kristyn Dede Korboe, Theresa Naa Ameiley Ribeiro and Rexford Essilfie accepted the challenge to write the Euclid contest. The scripts have been sent to Canada for marking and we await the results.
On 13th April 2017, Erica Essuman, Ffion Opare-Addo, Anderson Addo, Kyle Amoah, Kwadwo Yeboah Afari, Mawuli Ackuaku, Ekow Bentsi-Enchill all of IG2 wrote the Hypatia Contests. From IG1, we had Adwoa Afrifa, Kwesi Afrifa, Paul Ackah, Michael Torku and Francis Hehemeku also writing the Galois contest. The papers have since been sent to the organisers in Canada for assessment.
Mathematics Inspired Science Education, MISE, Problem Solving Tournament
SOS-HGIC was invited to participate for the first time three years ago in this problem solving tournament where successful students progress to the next level of the tournament till the best is selected to represent Ghana at the International Mathematics Olympiad. In our first attempt, two of our students (now alumni), Ms. Nuneke Esi Fafa Kwetey and Mr. Senyo Kofi Ohene emerged the best two Ghanaian high school Mathematics students and joined other students in representing Ghana at the International Olympiad in Thailand. Last year, the two students were once again called upon to join the team that represented Ghana at the 2016 International Olympiad.
On 7th April 2017, six IB1 students and 3 IG2 students wrote the round 1 of the 2018 International Mathematics Olympiad qualification. Unfortunately, none of the nine students who wrote the MISE competition qualified for the next round of the tournament. They have all been given the chance to participate in the Research Programme, which is also very selective. The students are: Theresa Ribeiro, LizaJane Bunyan, Awurama Akyianu, Marilyn Valis-Akyianu , Ffion Opare-Addo, Hyeon-Jeong Seo, Jevon Amoah, Kwame Anokurang-Budu and Kyle Amoah. We commend all these students for accepting the challenge to be part of this contest.
On the 8th of April 2017, the MISE foundation in Ghana, the organization responsible for the selection of students for the international Olympiad invited our school to take part in the Award ceremony for the 2016 finalists who will be representing Ghana at this year’s Olympiad in Brazil. We are elated to announce to Parents that, we had one of our IB2 students, Jonathan Kweku Deladem Akaba, being selected as one of the three finalists to represent Ghana in Brazil this year. As part of the citation, Jonathan is credited as the only person in Ghana since the inception of the competition seven years ago, to have scored 18 out of 20 questions correctly. This the organizers found amazing as generally most participating students usually score below 5 out of 20 by reason of the questions being challenging and beyond what is taught in our classrooms. It was all joy when Jonathan was called on stage to receive his award. As a school we share in the achievement of Jonathan and congratulate him for this and hope that this inspires other students to avail themselves for such competitions.
Master Jonathan Deladem Akaba – SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College
Written by Richard Domey, Mathematics Teacher