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Jakarta Post

Math competition training ground for future "mathletes"

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 18 2009   /  01:43 pm

Third grader Debora Kezia seemed relaxed before the International Mathematics Competitions held in Sevilla School in East Jakarta, where she was due to face her older sister, Christa Lorenzia, 12, in solving 7th grade level math problems. Christa, on the other hand, thought she might not be able to endure the humiliation. "That's the thing about losing to your younger sister in a math competition designed for students my level. If she loses that's fine, but if I lose then I'm going to be humiliated," she said Saturday. Debora and Christa were just two among 100 students from more than 30 elementary and junior high schools in and around Jakarta that competed in the International Mathematics Competitions. Sevilla School held the competition in cooperation with the Center of Education for Mathematics and Computing, Faculty of Mathematics, at the University of Waterloo, C...