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The RND Mathlete Team Takes Home 1st Place at University of Ottawa Math Tournament

May 09, 2023

The Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School Mathlete Team took home the 1st Place award at the annual Ottawa Math Tournament held at the University of Ottawa on Friday, May 5, 2023.

mathletes pictured
The Mayor of Ottawa, Mark Sutcliffe, presented
the 1st Place plaque to the team.
L-R: Mayor Mark Sutcliffe, Owen Thiele, Guna Kim,
Nicolas Benavides, Joseph Guay,
and Siobhain Broekhoven.

This win comes nearly two decades and numerous fourth place awards later, when the team of four Grade 11 students, called RND Mathletes, reached the near perfect score of 68/70. The team also had the most mathletes in each of the four individual final rounds and competed against approximately 30 other high schools.​

The team had been practicing weekly with RND teacher and math coach Henry Santos since the beginning of September.

“Thanks to the hard work and brilliance of the team, the RND Mathletes walked away with a 1st Place plaque," said Mr. Santos. “It's an amazing feat that math teams rarely accomplish. They were easily 11 points over the next place team."  

The 2023 1st Place plaque given to the RND Mathletes.
Organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
at the University of Ottawa.​

Siobhain Broekhoven another RND teacher and math coach who coached these mathletes in Grade 10, took the four team members to the math tournament, which was organized by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Ottawa.

“It was an intense competition, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have tested my skills against other Grade 11 students. This experience has shown me the importance of perseverance, teamwork, and dedication, and I am proud to have been a part of a great team," said Joseph Guay.

This win means that they now have a better chance at qualifying to compete in bigger tournaments. Mr. Santos says he plans to apply for a spot either in Toronto or at the University of Waterloo next year.