Second Annual Molokai Math Competition encourages elementary ‘Mathletes’

| June 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
Kualapu'u Elementary Charter School "Mathletes:" Front, from left: Kamalu Ka'awa Richardson, Leelan Corpuz, Aaliyah Cariaga, Kawena Davis. Back: Math Curriculum Coordinator Sue Forbes-Kikukawa, Erik Svetin, Kim Link (missing: teacher Amanda Adams).

Kualapu’u Elementary Charter School “Mathletes:” Front, from left: Kamalu Ka’awa Richardson, Leelan Corpuz, Aaliyah Cariaga, Kawena Davis. Back: Math Curriculum Coordinator Sue Forbes-Kikukawa, Erik Svetin, Kim Link (missing: teacher Amanda Adams).

Kaunakakai School "Mathletes:" Teacher David Kawika Gonzales, Owen Svetin, Erik Svetin, Paige Fukuoka, Teruko Asano, Teacher Andrea Yuen.

Kaunakakai School “Mathletes:” Teacher David Kawika Gonzales, Owen Svetin, Erik Svetin, Paige Fukuoka, Teruko Asano, Teacher Andrea Yuen.

Kilohana School "Mathletes:" Teacher Lisa Palmer, Maya Lima, Bailey Busto-Beaudet, Erik Svetin, Principal Richard Stevens (missing: Brian Demello, student).

Kilohana School “Mathletes:” Teacher Lisa Palmer, Maya Lima, Bailey Busto-Beaudet, Erik Svetin, Principal Richard Stevens (missing: Brian Demello, student).

Maunalo Elementary "Mathletes:" Teacher Wendy Espaniola, Kahi Nuuanu, Divine Brown-Davis, Lii Lankford.

Maunalo Elementary “Mathletes:” Teacher Wendy Espaniola, Kahi Nuuanu, Divine Brown-Davis, Lii Lankford.

Top three winners represent Kilohana, Kualapuu, Kaunakakai schools

By Erik Svetin
Molokai High School Student and “Mathlete”

One year ago I started a new annual math competition for Molokai elementary school students. I wanted to share my love and enthusiasm of mathematics with other younger students on island. My goal was to encourage other students to pursue an interest in math and to help them gain confidence with the skills needed to be successful mathematicians at Molokai High School and Molokai Middle School.

I just completed organizing and proctoring the entire competition on May 27. Over 90 students in the fifth and sixth grades from Kaunakakai, Kilohana, Kualapuu and Maunaloa elementary schools participated in Phase I of the competition. Phase II was a second exam administered to the top three “mathletes” at each school.

Congratulations to Bailey Busto-Beaudet from Kilohana School for placing first overall on Molokai out of 90-plus students. Her school’s principal is Richard Stevens and her teacher is Lisa Palmer.

Second place overall for Molokai went to Aaliyah Cariaga from Kualapuu School. Her principal is Lydia Trinidad and her teachers is Amanda Adams. The math resource teacher at Kualapuu is Sue Forbes-Kikukawa.

Third place overall for the island went to Owen Svetin from Kaunakakai Elementary School. His principal is Janice Espiritu and his teacher is Andrea Yuen.

I would like to thank Jonathan Smith, my AP calculus teacher at Molokai High School, for his guidance with this community competition over the past two years. Thank you to Kamoi Snack-n-Go, Inc. for ice cream gift certificates for every participant. Finally, thank you to all of the principals, teachers, and families for supporting these “mathletes” and for encouraging the importance of everyday math.

The following are the final results of the top three Molokai Math Competition “mathletes” per school:

Kaunakakai Elementary:
1. Owen Svetin – 3rd Overall Island
2. Paige Fukuoka
3. Teruko Asano

Kilohana Elementary:
1. Bailey Busto-Beaudet – 1st Overall Island
2. Maya Lima
3. Brian Demello

Kualapuu Elementary:
1. Aaliyah Cariaga – 2nd Overall Island`
2. Leelan Corpuz
3. Kawena Davis and Kamalu Ka’awa-Richardson – tie for third place for Kualapuu

Maunaloa Elementary:
1. Kahi Nuuanu
2. Divine Brown-Davis
3. Lii Lankford

I look forward to seeing more participants in the Third Annual Molokai Math Competition. If you would like more information, email me at eriksvetin@yahoo.com.

Mahalo!

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