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Taitung students win 2 gold medals, 2 bronzes at int'l math competition

TAIPEI -- Four elementary students from Taitung County on the eastern coast of Taiwan won two gold and two bronze medals in the final competition of the World Mathematics Invitational (WMI) that concluded last week.

The final competition of the 2014 WMI, the first international math competition organized by Taiwan-based associations, was held in Kaohsiung on Aug. 9-13. Participants included students from kindergarten and grade 1 to grade 12 students from Taiwan, Malaysia, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Korea, the United States and Indonesia.

The four Taiwanese medalists, including a grade 6 student and three grade 4 students, are among a group of selected students in Taitung County who have received special math training from the Chen-Li Educational Foundation in Taiwan.

In the spotlight was the six-grade Tsai chia-jun, who scored 280 out a possible 300 in the final competition that included two parts, “logical reasoning” and “applications,” ranking him in the world's top position.

Tsai Hsiao-chun, a four-grader, also won a gold; Tsai Chiao-en and Chen Yin-yu, also grade four students from Taitung, each earned a bronze.

The competition's top 10 percent individual scorers from each grade receive gold medals, while the next 20 percent receive silver medals. The following 30 percent of the individual scorers are awarded bronze medals, while the remaining individual scorers receive merit certificates.

The WMI brings together institutes and organizations worldwide that promote mathematics, and is held in different countries every year, according to the organizers.

The annual competition seeks to motivate math students to raise their logical reasoning, to acquire new mathematics problem solving skills, and to experience a sense of accomplishment, the organizers said.

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From left, elementary school students Tsai Chia-jun (蔡嘉峻), Su Hsiao-chun (蘇筱純), Tsai Chiao-en (蔡僑恩) and Chen Yin-yu (陳胤宇) pose with their World Mathematics Invitational medals. The four students, all from Taitung, won a combined two gold medals and two bronze medals. (CNA)

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