The math contest is held every year here at ISG Dammam Middle School to select the best among the eight best final contestants from each grade level. Staff, students, and parents work hard every year to make this unforgettable experience come to life.
Final contestants are chosen through a series of different elimination rounds. In the class level round, all students participate and the top 10 scorers are selected. Then comes the grade level round where 20 highest performing students are taken. In the semi-final round, the top eight students will advance to the last and final round. This last round is held in the beautifully decorated auditorium, where the selection for the first, second, and third place will take place and receive a gold, silver and bronze medals respectively.
To be chosen in any of the rounds is more than an honor, and might as well be described as the best feeling in the world. That final round though, is just indescribable. Even those attending this extraordinary event, whether a teacher, parent, or students feel so proud. Teachers stand there, feeling proud of the students they taught. Students sit there watching, amazed at how quickly these contestants can solve questions that they may not have been able to solve. These are the classmates that they studied with. These are their friends that they enjoyed time with. Parents smile with tears in their eyes. These are the children they raised.
I remember how once I was part of the audience staring in awe at these fascinating, stunning, unbelievable contestants and dreaming what it would be like to win. I was thinking what it would be like to receive that medal and certificate and feel good. Later though, I realized that it’s much more than that. All the contestants are extremely honored to be able to represent this outstanding school at such an event. Indeed this is the most spectacular contest that you’ll ever attend.
-Souhayla Farag 7B