St. Mary’s students notch school’s fourth victory in international math competitionAs thousands of Orange County elementary school students spent time in the classroom, a team of students from St. Mary’s School in Aliso Viejo visited Lake Geneva, Montreux and a particle physics lab.
But the April trip wasn’t just a sightseeing tour. For the fourth time in the school’s 11-year competition history, St. Mary’s students took home the top prize at the Maths Quest competition in Geneva, Switzerland.
The team, comprising Anne Chian, Calvin Howard, Nora Nickolov and Kendall Memoly, defeated teams from across the world and brought the trophy back to Orange County.
“What an amazing finish,” coach Nancy Qushair said.
Qushair and coach Alex Kennedy accompanied the team to Switzerland. The competition was held over three days and featured a combination of individual and team challenges.
St. Mary’s won the competition by one point.
“I shrieked pretty loudly,” Qushair recalled. “It’s almost like I could take that snapshot in my head. I won’t forget.”
In addition to the team victory, Chian tied for second in the individual round while Memoly took first in the construction challenge.
The win came hours after the fifth- and sixth-grade students looked around Geneva and visited famous landmarks. On one afternoon, the students sat in on a French class.
The cultural exchange also saw the students reside with Swiss host families.
After the competition, the team returned to Aliso Viejo with the trophy in tow.
Though it has to be returned for the next competition, Qushair hopes it will be shared by staff and treated like the Stanley Cup.