Hundreds of people from across Louisiana packed the Kenilworth Science and Technology School gymnasium in Baton Rouge recently to cheer on fifth-grade students testing their math skills at the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad on Nov. 7.
Two students from Copper Mill Elementary, in Zachary, and two from LSU Lab School, in Baton Rouge, won the top four spots at the Olympiad, which featured 51 schools from 14 cities including Brusly, Destrehan, Gonzales, Jackson, Mandeville, Plaquemine, Port Allen, Prairieville, Thibodaux, Walker and Zachary.
The event was open to students from all public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in Louisiana.
Gavin Malden, of Copper Mill, took home first place in the “old school” math contest; Alex Wu, of LSU Lab School, came in second; William Iannitelli, of Copper Mill, was third; and Aadit Narayanan, of LSU Lab, finished fourth.
Those students won prizes, including an iPod Touch, Kindle Fire, Kindle and iPod Shuffle. Their teachers were awarded gift certificates.
A total of 81 Copper Mill Elementary students participated, with six finishing in the top 25: Claire Venable, fifth place; William Beasley, sixth; Dillon Moree, 11th; Gareyela Gonzalez, 17th; Matthew Bozeman, 19th; and Gabrielle Chasse, 24th.
The Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad is a one-hour paper and pencil test that includes multiple choice questions aligned with Common Core standards. The concept behind the event is to encourage students to participate in STEM studies and to celebrate their successes, a news release said.
Czarina Walker, founder and CEO of InfiniEDGE Software in Prairieville, was the featured speaker at the event.