But Hendrik is not alone at the top of his field. In every age-group category, a student from Cornerstone has placed in the top ten.
The competition is named the International superTmatik Mental Maths Competition. Created by the Eudactica publishers, the contest has become a key event in the teaching of mathematics and has a global following.
The main objectives of the championship are to promote interest in mental maths and to discover and publicise aptitude in mental calculation. From the results, it appears that Cornerstone has a great breadth of talent.
Students participated in a first round competition earlier in the year, with the highest scoring pupils from each country in their age group chosen to play in the online International Final that was held on the May 17.
According to College Math’s teacher, Mr Will Meyer the College’s results are amazing, but not entirely unexpected. ‘Eudactica’s superTmatik Mental Maths Competition showcased only one student per age group. Cornerstone Christian College has several students in each year group who are working at this level,’ he said.
He continued by saying, ‘Exposing our top Mental Math students, from Year 2 up to Year 10 to an international arena and achieving these world class results is only testimony to students, parents and teachers working diligently toward excellence in education.’ He offered his congratulations to each participating student and believes that they have brought great honour to Cornerstone.
Hendrik completed his challenge a massive 14.74 seconds ahead of the nearest rival, Rachel Hewitt from the United Kingdom. WJ Meyer came in second only to a student from Portugal. Sisters, Eilidh and Caitlin both placed fourth in their respective age-groups. A total of 9 categories were battled over, with 10 Cornerstone students placing in the top 10 in the international final.
The competition will become an annual event on the Cornerstone calendar.