10 February 2014

CEESA Middle School MathCounts Competition 2014

This year's CEESA Middle School MathCounts Competition was held in Tirana, February 6-9, 2014, hosted by the American International School of Tirana, with a total of 8 international schools taking part. We’re happy to report that the "NOVA 1" team (6th through 8th grade) won the first place in the team competition! Besides our team achievement, we also had great success in the individual standings, with four NOVA students making it amongst the best eight: Emilian Cuzmici (3rd place), Siyuan Shen (4th place), Borjan Gagovski (6th place), and Sam Predmore (8th place).  The rest of NOVA’s competitors (Jovana Cvetinovska, Marko Kjalasan, Mehmed Dacic and Marku Leka) also exhibited great math knowledge and placed among the top 20 individuals with their "NOVA 2" team placing among the top seven teams.

The competition was only one of the many highlights of the trip. Students were also able to visit The National History Museum, the ancient Castle of Kruja,once the headquarters of Skanderbeg. The host school had a wealth of other activities planned out for all participants, such as bowling, billiard, and other team building activities, but most importantly secured a warm host family for each of the NOVA students.  The awards ceremony was followed by a dance party. 

To reach this accomplishment would have not been possible without the selfless dedication of the teams coaches, Ms. Jasmina Dzurovska-Blazeska, Ms. Natasa Kardula, Mr. Nikolche Petrovski and Ms. Irena Sazdova. From the beginning of the year through February, students and coaches met at least twice a month and dedicated much  of their free time to solving math problems.  They worked both in and outside the classroom, showing resilience and dedication to the task at hand. Their preparation came in handy, as during the competition they were able to showcase their team spirit, competitive character, friendly attitude toward other teams, and be true NOVA representatives. There is a whole year to go by, but students are already excited for next year’s competition where they hope to achieve even bigger and greater things.