Students showcase skills at Louisiana Math Olympiad

Nov 11, 2015

Hundreds of people from across Louisiana packed the Kenilworth Science and Technology School gymnasium to cheer on 5th-grade students who spent their Saturday testing their math chops at the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad. 

The results added up to victory for students from Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary and the LSU Lab School in Baton Rouge. The two schools combined to take all four of the top spots at the Olympiad, which drew students from 51 schools in 14 towns and cities throughout Louisiana, including Brusly, Destrehan, Gonzales, Jackson, Mandeville, Plaquemine, Port Allen, Prairieville, Thibodaux, and Walker. The statewide event was open to students from all public, private, parochial, charter and home schools in Louisiana. Gavin Malden of Copper Mill Elementary in Zachary 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 an iPod Shuffle. Their teachers also were awarded gift certificates. View the list of the top 25 students here. Kenilworth, a Baton Rouge charter school for grades 6-8, developed and hosts the Olympiad, which is a one-hour paper and pencil test that includes multiple choice questions that are aligned with Common Core standards. The concept behind the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad is to encourage students to participate in STEM studies and to celebrate their successes. Czarina Walker, founder, and CEO of InfiniEDGE Software in Prairieville was the featured speaker at the Olympiad. Walker, a Baton Rouge native, InfiniEDGE Software CEO Czarina Walker encouraged the students to dream big. started the company while she was a teenager and has built it into one of the top tech and software firms in Louisiana. InfiniEDGE Software has received many honors including Inc Magazine's 5000 fastest growing companies list for multiple years and the 2015 Business of the Year (under 100 employees) by the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report. The Olympiad was sponsored by Coca-Cola, and partners include the Louisiana Department of Education, LSU Department of Mathematics, Southern University Department of Math and Science, Black Alliance for Educational Options and the Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance. Parents' Comments "This was so much fun for me and my kids. It was great to see so many kids and parents interested in STEM education." -Angela H., Zachary "The math tournament was a wonderful experience for my son. Thanks to Kenilworth for all of the work and preparation." -Sherry G., Gonzales "Great event, I thought it was run efficiently. Enjoyed finding out more about the school." -Monique M., Baton Rouge
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