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After two-months of working together to solve high-level math problems, the advanced students from the Academy at CF Thomas Elementary in Birdville ISD won the 4th annual Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award which took place December 6th at the Microsoft Store at NorthPark Center.

David Martinez, Diego Salas, Jackson Zamrzla and Eduardo Perez from the Academy at CF Thomas Elementary competed against teams from Harmony Science, Lakeview Elementary, Oak Crest Private School and North Ridge in the final challenge. A total of 30 schools representing five school districts as well as area private schools competed in the math competitions held throughout North Texas over the past two months.

The competition encourages students to collaborate using advanced problem solving abilities to answer applied math problems. Each problem is designed to help build the skills necessary to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems in students looking to pursue a future in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

“We are very proud of the students at the Academy at CF Thomas Elementary and congratulate them on their success,” said Belinda Southgate, Head of U.S. Marketing for Explore Horizons. “It is inspiring to see the motivation and genuine enthusiasm of each team as they work together through each step of the high-level problem. All teams demonstrated fantastic perseverance, critical-thinking and dedication and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves!”