BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Several students from Eisenhower Intermediate School were among the nearly 150,000 students worldwide to participate this year in the Math Olympiad Program, and many of them won national awards.
They participated in a series of five monthly contests of five problems each from November to March, and practice sessions were held under the supervision and coaching of Michele Hecht and Karen Popadiuk. The coaches guided students to solve unusual and difficult problems, and to think creatively.
Hecht is a sixth grade math teacher and Popadiuk is the fifth grade AI math/science/social studies teacher at the school.
The students were recognized with certificates for their participation. Forty-eight of the Eisenhower mathletes won national awards for excellence in grades four through six.
Jonathan Jentis earned the prestigious Dr. George Lenchner Medallion, awarded for a perfect score of 25 points.
A gold pin was awarded to three of the students who placed in the top 2 percent.
A silver pin was awarded to 16 students who placed in the top 10 percent.
Overall, Eisenhower had approximately 50 students who placed in the top 50 percent.
The two Eisenhower teams (fifth and sixth grades) were named to the National Math Olympiad Honor Roll for scoring in the top 10 percent of all 5,000 participating teams.
This program provided thought-provoking problems that stretched the abilities of the students, strengthening their mathematical foundation. The students responded to the challenge with eagerness and enthusiasm.