June 22, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Antonio Molina, a student at École Saint-Anne, is the Grade 8 winner of Opti-Math 2010 national contest.
"I congratulate Antonio on his work and determination," said Education Minister Roland Haché. "I admire his exceptional talent for math and thank his teachers for the support they have given him, enabling him to develop his skills in this subject even further."
The annual Opti-Math contest, open to students aged 12 to 18, is an opportunity for nearly 100,000 francophones across Canada to demonstrate their problem-solving ability.
"In 32 years of teaching, I have rarely seen a student who excels in math like Antonio," said Paul Fournier, a retired teacher in charge of the math club at École Sainte-Anne. "His problem-solving ability is exceptional."
"I really like mathematics, and this contest allowed me to learn even more on the subject," said Molina. "I was able to go even further and this will help me better understand my mathematics courses at school. I'll also be better able to explain it to students who have difficulties with the subject."
Molina won a number of other mathematics contests this year. He came first in the New Brunswick Math Competition held at the University of New Brunswick and first in the University of Waterloo's Gauss Contest. Molina also distinguished himself at two contests run by the University of Waterloo for Grade 9 students, the Pascal and the Fryer.
MEDIA CONTACT: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, communications, Department of Education, 506-444-2455.