Kellie Rasberry Presents the Young Mathematicians’ Award Trophy to The Academy at Carrie F. Thomas

January 18, 2018

(L to R): Diego Salas, David Martinez, Kellie Rasberry, Eduardo Perez, and Jackson Zamzrla.

Math is more than just arriving at the correct answer. It is using creative problem solving to work your way to a solution. One school, from Birdville ISD, showed us how a little bit of teamwork and critical thinking goes a long way!

On Wednesday, January 10, the Explore Horizons team headed to The Academy at Carrie F. Thomas in North Richland Hills, Texas. Here, we presented the 2017 Young Mathematicians’ Award trophy to this year’s championship team with the help of Kidd Nation radio host and special guest, Kellie Rasberry!

“It’s so important for us to find ways to inspire the next generation of learners to be fearless learners. The Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award is a wonderful example of doing that,” Rasberry said as she presented the trophy to the four 4th grade champions congratulating them on beating out 30 other teams across the DFW metroplex.

Rasberry has been a long-time supporter of Explore Horizons Enrichment and Tutoring Center. Her daughter Emma also attended the Plano center as an enrichment student. “Explore Horizons was a fun environment for her. She always got something positive out of it and was always asking when she could go back because it was fun. Learning should be fun, it shouldn’t be a stressful thing for children,” said Rasberry of her daughter’s experience.

Kellie joined us in presenting the Young Mathematicians’ Award trophy to our 4th-grade championship team in front of their peers. On the winning team was David Martinez, Diego Salas, Eduardo Perez and Jackson Zamzrla. When we asked the team about their team motto, they said teamwork and thinking positive is what helped them beat out the 30 other teams in the competition. And getting to compete in the Microsoft store at North Park for the regional competition was, “seriously awesome,” said 9-year-old Eduardo Perez.

Audra Garna, The Academy at C.F. Thomas teams’ teacher, has participated in the Young Mathematicians’ Award for the past four years, with this year being her first team win. “I’ve really liked the curriculum that Explore Horizons brings in because it gets the kids hooked on the math content. It exposes them to different types of problems that we (teachers) like to see in the classroom,” explained Garna. When talking about the in-class workshops offered through the Young Mathematicians’ Award, Garna said, “It gave me a chance to stand back, observe and watch you guys do your thing, so I could think about how I could redo those activities in my classroom.” The Young Mathematicians’ Award is truly a win-win for everyone!

That’s a wrap for this year’s Young Mathematicians’ Award! Thank you to our special guest, Kellie Rasberry, for coming out to present the award to our winning team. We can’t wait to see even more teams competing next year! In the meantime, we are starting to take submissions and schedule classroom workshops for our Young Writers’ Award. You can sign your class up for a workshop here: https://www.explore-horizons.com/schools/young-writers-awards/

If you are interested in checking out one of our Tutor and Enrichment Centers for your child, new members can save $75 at sign up until February 28th!

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