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Golden Gate American School Mathletes Speak on Winning Gold in Germany

PHNOM PENH: Golden Gate American School (GGAS) students returned from Germany on Friday, May 12 with the top 3 gold medals from the Pangea Math World. Tep Sovannpisey won the first place gold medal, Phoung Panharith won the second place gold medal and Da Nukreach won the third place gold medal.

Tep Sovannpisey told EAC News after returning to Cambodia that she was thrilled to receive such a world-class gold medal for math. She said that the competition was difficult because it involves passing two stages and the last stage has all the top students from different countries. When the results were in and it was announced that she had won first place, she cried, saying, “I wasn’t expecting [that] much!”

GGAS eleventh grader and second place winner, Phoung Panharith, also told EAC News that this is the first time he received such high honors in an international competition, which makes him very proud. He said, “I feel happy and proud for myself and my country.”

Da Nukreach says that math is his favorite subject and that going to the Pangea Math World competition was a great opportunity to learn more about the world, and especially to understand more about math. He said he is happy with his third place win and intends to work even harder to improve for the next competition.

GGAS management supervised 18 students to a math competition in Germany, and as a result, they all returned home with medals including: four gold, four silver and ten bronze medals.

Teacher Ruan Boyens expressed his happiness that all the students came back with medals, saying, “We feel very excited obviously it was the first time going to Germany and we are also happy that every single of student received the medal as well as over category winner get golden and silver medal, we hope next year will be the same result but we are happy with what they have achieved this year.”

The annual Pangea Math World Olympiad is an entertaining and challenging opportunity for primary, secondary and high school students. With the motto "Mathematics connects," the Pangea Math World Olympiad unites students from different parts of the world, and varying social and educational backgrounds under their shared interest in mathematics. The competition encourages students to motivate each other and share their experiences and success with their peers.

First place winner Tep Sovannpisey received a medal and a robot as a prize for her outstanding performance. Her mother, Ms. Chat Sokrasmey, expressed her happiness that her daughter won the first gold medal from this international competition. She said the medal was not just for her daughters, but for her family and Cambodia.

"It shows that Cambodian children can do it,” she said, “Cambodian children are really capable enough to show the international stage that Cambodians can do it, Cambodians can win over foreigners, and this is the national pride of Cambodians.”

She trusts in the quality of education at Golden Gate American School and sees that the school engenders good discipline for the students, and a good connection with parents that produces students who can compete on the international stage.

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