Each year the Math Olympiad serves over 150,000 students on nearly 5,000 teams
nationally and about 50,000 students on 2,000 teams in over 30 different countries. Since
1979, it has provided challenging, thought-provoking problems that stretch the abilities of
students in grades 4 – 8 while strengthening their foundation for both assessment tests and
more advances studies.
Students from Stratford Avenue School in Garden City were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate in the Math Olympiad program. They participated in a series of monthly contests of five problems each, from November to March, and weekly practice sessions under the supervision and coaching of fifth-grade teacher, Seth Messier.
“Ourstudents have responded to the Math Olympiad with eagerness, enthusiasm, and success,”explained Mr. Messier. Fellow Stratford teachers, Michelle Ciquera, Lindy Prager, and Cathy Rooney contributed, teaching the students to solve unusual and difficult problems, and encouraging them to think creatively.
This year, as a team, Stratford earned the National Meritorious Achievement Award plaque by scoring in the top 10% of schools throughout the entire nation. Additionally, many students achieved individual honors. “In the 13 years I’ve been doing the Math Olympiads, this was the most success we’ve had. The students did a great job! They really worked hard, it was thoroughly enjoyable, and I’m very proud of them,” commented Mr. Messier.
Kara Acinapuro, Julianne Hegarty, Alex and John Bensen achieved the Dr. George Lenchner Medallion for a perfect score of 25 points. This is the highest recognition the Math Olympiad. Only 1% of students earn this high achievement. Achieving scores in the top 2% of the competition (with a score of 22-24 points) were Cassidy Go, Rintaro Kishimoto, Aidan Pfaff, Sonia Subramaniam, Garrett Zander, Eva Gaberlavage, Rosie Lynch, Garrett Fitzsimons, Bill Murphy, Erin Studdert and Sarah Sullivan. The Silver Pin was awarded to students scoring 18-21 points, placing them in the top 10%. This year, these students were Julia Remick, Tim DeMaro, Christian McGannon, Bryce Morrison, Nick Rosato, Lucy Ambach, Nicolletta Barton, Will Crowley, Isabella Herrara, Garbrielle Krupa, Ryan Manley, Aidan Padala, Joe Scattereggia, and Charlie Tynan. Additionally, two students were awarded for finishing in the top 50% of students: Trent Biscone and Steven Moscatiello.