Due to their high math scores in computation and reasoning, all 10 Liberty Christian Lower School students who competed in the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Math Olympics at Liberty last fall qualified to compete in the final area competition.
St. Paul’s Preparatory in Arlington was the host school for the area competition on Feb. 27, but with inclement weather and school closing that day, Liberty students took their math test on March 2 at Liberty.
Accuracy and speed were key elements in computation, and following directions, decoding complex instructions, and problem solving skills were crucial components in reasoning.
“These math computation problems are fundamental operations and cover basic algorithms common nationally in these grade levels,” said Tana Smith, Liberty Lower School coordinator. “Each student studied and prepared at home for this contest.”
On competition day, students were given four tests in the area in which they were competing and had 11 minutes to complete each test.
“All 10 of our Liberty students scored a superior or excellent rating on their test,” said Mrs. Smith.
Noah Cameron received 1st place in 4th grade reasoning, and James Lee received 4th place in 5th grade computation.
“We are so proud of our students who participated in Math Olympics,” said 4th grade teacher Jamie Mahowald. “They studied hard and had amazing rankings.”
“We are thankful to the Lord for giving our students so many gifts and talents in the area of math.”
Math Olympics, under the ACSI Student Activities Program, seeks to encourage and inspire students toward a standard of excellence in leadership, communication, and performance. ACSI’s Math Olympics provides the opportunity for students to practically apply and develop skills necessary for confident Christian leadership. Each activity is planned to impact students’ educational and spiritual growth, encouraging them to be a testimony to the gospel. Events also seek to provide opportunity for Christian fellowship and positive interaction between students and teachers of participating schools.
Vivian Nichols is part of the public relations team for Liberty Christian School.