Several students from Ruskin Elementary were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad program. They participated in a series of five monthly contests of 5 problems each, from November to March, in addition to weekly practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of Mr. Amutan, with the assistance from Piedmont Hills high schooler and Ruskin alumnus, Mike Lin. Another Piedmont Hill High School student and Ruskin almuna, Linda Xiao, taught a few math lessons. Students were taught to solve unusual and difficult problems and think creatively.
The students responded very well and were recognized with certificates for their participation. Twenty-eight mathletes won national awards for excellence within Division E for grades 4-6.
* The Gold Pin is awarded to those in at least the 98th percentile (top 2%). At Ruskin, Minh T., Jessica L., and Anji Z. were in this extraordinary group.
* The Silver Pin is awarded to those in the 90th to 97th percentile (top 10%). The recipients of the Silver Pin were Matthew C., Patrick L., Richard Y., Stanley L. and Francesco M.
* The embroidered Felt Patch is awarded to those in the top 50% of all the participants. These students are: Rachel C., Ethan T., Tony C., Joshua D., Tammy C., Kyle F., Christine H., Maggie P., Ethan C., Gurpriya G., Dylan H., Ishaan P., Shuchi D., Riya K., Hannah S., William S., Anirudh W., Shao-En C., Henry K., and Brian W.
* The Ruskin Olympiad team was named to the National High Achievement List for placing in the top 20% (80th to 89th percentile nationally) and was given a plaque commemorating this achievement.
Each year the Math Olympiads serves over 100,00 students on nearly 5,000 teams nationally and about 50,00 students on 1,000 teams in more than 30 other countries. Since 1979, it has provided challenging thought-provoking problems that stretch the abilities of students in grades 4-8, strengthening their foundation for both assessment tests and more advanced studies. Our children have responded to the challenge with eagerness and enthusiasm.