Schools from all over the Cook Islands competed in the annual event, and teams from the outer islands were invited to Rarotonga to take part in the event.
Participating schools included Akatemia Imanuela, Araura Primary, Araura College, Apii Arorangi, Apii Avarua, Mangaia, Mauke, Apii Nikao, Nukutere College, Papaaroa School, Apii Rutaki, St Joseph Primary School, Apii Takitumu, Tekaaroa, Tereora College, Apii Te Uki Ou, Titikaveka College, and Vaitau.
Emile Kairua kept the students and audience informed and entertained as MC for for five rounds of the competition.
Each school was allowed to enter up to two teams per level into the competition.
Teams were able to compete from Year 6,7,8,9 and 10.
Teams of four students worked to solve 20 questions in 20 minutes and earn as many as possible of the 100 points available.
While teams were solving problems, Year 13 students from Tereora College marked the results of the questions and project the scores for the audience.
This year, a tie-breaking question was needed at Year 7 to determine the winners of the second and third prizes.
Special prizes were given for highest scores.
The highest Rarotonga team score was earned by Papaaroa Year 8 with a score of 96, while the highest outer islands team score went to Araura College Year 7 with a score of 91.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) congratulated all participating schools and students.
“There were many very close scores in this year’s maths quiz, including those accumulated by teams who were just edged out of the first three places. The efforts by all students are commendable,” a ministry spokesman said.
The Ministry of Education also thanks the following sponsors for their contributions: Air Rarotonga, Bank of the South Pacific, CITC, Moana Gems, Edgewater Spa and Resort, Asiaciti, Southpac, Vaima Pacific Spring Limited, Portcullis Trustnet Ltd and the Cook Islands Trust Corporation Limited.
“It is humbling to see how the private sectors and the community willingly support the educational developments in our country for the benefit of all learners in the Cook Islands,” the spokesman said.
Year 6: 1st – Apii Te Uki Ou 1 (89), 2nd – Apii Nikao 1 (85), 3rd – Apii Avarua 1 (82)
Year 7: 1st – Apii Te Uki Ou 1 (93), 2nd – Apii Nikao 2 (91), 3rd – Araura College 1 (91)
Year 8: 1st – Papaaroa School 1 (96), 2nd – Apii Avarua 2 (84), 3rd – Apii Nikao 1 (83)
Year 9: 1st – Tereora College 1 (76), 2nd – Tereora College 2 (53), 3rd – Papaaroa School (44)
Year 10: 1st – Tereora College 1 (67), 2nd – Tereora College 2 (65), 3rd – Titkaveka College (61)