Top Math Students Compete in Secondary School Math Contest at VIU

Jayden Smith (left), a grade 10 student at The High School at VIU, placed third in the junior division of the BC Secondary School Mathematics contest held at VIU recently. Jayden received a medal and cash prize from Dr. Don Noakes, VIU's Dean of Science and Technology. Eighty-seven of the top math students in mid-Island schools took part in the annual competition.

May 20, 2015 - 3:00pm

Two teams representing Dover Bay Secondary in Nanaimo took home the coveted Pi Cup Trophy in the 21st annual BC Secondary School Math Contest held recently at Vancouver Island University (VIU).

Eighty-seven math students from high schools in the mid-Island region gathered at VIU for the final round of the contest.

Junior students (grades 8 to 10) and senior students (grades 11 and 12) took part from 11 Nanaimo schools, including Aspengrove, Dover Bay, John Barsby, Nanaimo Christian School, Nanaimo District Secondary, Wellington Secondary, Woodlands Secondary, Ladysmith and The High School at VIU. Two schools from Parksville/Qualicum also took part, including Kwalikum Secondary and Ballenas Secondary.

Each student answered 10 multiple-choice questions and five written questions in two hours.

The top three students from each division received a $50 prize and the top school in each division received the Pi Cup Trophy.

The day’s activities included the contest in the morning, followed by lunch and an entertaining talk by VIU Math professor Dr. David Bigelow.

The BC Secondary School Math Contest is an annual event organized by math faculty from 11 colleges/universities across the province, including Camosun College, Capilano University, College of New Caledonia, Douglas College, Langara College, North Island College, Northwest Community College, University of BC Okanagan, Thompson Rivers University, University of the Fraser Valley and VIU.

The contest consists of two rounds: a preliminary round written at the high schools in April and a final round written at one of the colleges/universities in May.

More than seven hundred students participated in the first round. The top nine math students from each school were invited to participate in the final round at VIU. The annual event is sponsored by VIU and School District 68.

Here is a list of this year's winners:


1st place - Jasmin Ford (Kwalikum Secondary School)

2nd place - Anna Zhang (Dover Bay Secondary School)

3rd place - Jayden Smith (The High School at VIU)


Best overall team:

1st place - Dover Bay Secondary School

2nd place - Ballenas Secondary School



1st place - Tony Xie (Dover Bay Secondary School)

2nd place - Ethan Li (Dover Bay Secondary School)

3rd place - Yuhan Li (Dover Bay Secondary School)

Best overall team:

1st place - Dover Bay Secondary School

2nd place – tie between Nanaimo District Secondary School and Ballenas Secondary School in Parksville



Janina Stajic, Manager, Vancouver Island University

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