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Abbotsford school competes in provincial math contest

Abbotsford’s St. John Brebeuf Regional Secondary had a strong showing in a recent provincial math competition.

The private school’s Grade 8 and 9 teams each advanced to the provincials – taking place Saturday, March 8 at UBC’s Point Grey campus – after competing at the Fraser Valley Math Challengers event held recently at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV).

As well, Young Jae Jung of St. John Brebeuf finished first out of 10 in the Grade 8 individual results.

Imat Grewal from Mission Secondary took eighth spot, while Shua Cho from Clayburn Middle placed ninth in the same category.

The competition involved Grade 8 and 9 students battling through three rounds – two individual rounds and a team round – after which the top 10 individuals from each grade faced off two at a time in the final buzzer round.

The level of difficulty of the questions varied. Speed calculations were required in the first and fourth rounds, while more resourcefulness in problem-solving was important in the middle two rounds.

Regional competitions are held across B.C. each February.

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