Ennia sponsors local A-lympiad team – Youngsters will challenge great mathematical minds in Europe

POSTED: 02/27/13 1:53 PM

St. Maarten – Insurance Company Ennia announced its sponsorship for the competitors from St. Maarten in the mathematic A-lympiad in the Netherlands on March 8 and 9. “It is with great joy that we contribute to this particular project; the support our company gives to the St. Maarten youth has been underlined through various sponsorships and donations we have done throughout the years of operations. As part of our corporate citizenship we support these youngsters. Young minds are fertile grounds and must be planted with good seeds; we will then harvest a bright future for our St. Maarten community. We believe that this project contributes to that effort. Ennia is proud to be a part of this community, giving a helping hand is just another way of showing it,” branch manager Myrtille Brookson stated in a press release.

Four Milton Peters College students will represent St. Maarten in this event: Ricardo Arnell, Sophia Brans, Femke van Veen and Joris Verschueren.

The Mathematic A-lympiad competition is a real world mathematic team competition with open ended assignments. It provides appropriate tasks to practice problem solving or modeling skills in mathematics. Originally, the Math A-lympiad was a Dutch competition amongst 17/18 year olds, grades 11/12 (Havo 4/5 & VWO 5/6) which started with a few schools back in 1987 – 1988.

Nowadays 110 Dutch schools participate in this annual competition. The assignment is developed by the A-lympiad Committee at the Freudenthal Institute (University of Utrecht) in Dutch and is translated into German, Danish and English for the international participants. The Math A-lympiad has two rounds. The preliminary round consists of approximately 1,000 teams of students who compete during a full day  at their own school (in their own countries), and an international and final round in which approximately 20 teams compete during a whole weekend in a conference center in the Dutch national park Garderen.
The twelve best Dutch teams are invited to the final rounds. Both Aruba and St. Maarten may send one team, their best team. The open ended character of the assignments requires that the teams have to decide on their strategy of solving the problem, and give valid arguments for the chosen procedure. The final report, which must stand on its own, has to meet these conditions. The great variety of skills tested in the Math A-lympiad plays a crucial role in the continuous growth of this competition. In fact, the practical assignments and profile paper required in the second phase are based on the same principles.



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