THE PAN AFRICAN MATH OLYMPIAD
by WANJIKU MUNGAI (Form 4West 2009)
When it was announced that I had been selected out of a group of more than one hundred, as one of the five students to represent Kenya in the 19th Pan African Math Olympiad in Pretoria, South Africa, I was greatly overjoyed.
As with old good things however, the prize trip did not come without a cost. Two weeks of our April holidays were taken up training in preparation for the contest, which would see us compete with top students from twelve African countries. On the 19th. April 2009, we set out for what would turn out to be a most memorable week.
Much to my delight, the event turned out to be much more the nine hours we spent doing a set of six extremely challenging questions. We visited Maropeng’ a prehistoric site in the cradle of mankind, went shopping at the mall and my favourite, I might add, spent a day at Gold Reef City – an absolutely phenomenal amusement park located in Johannesburg. Best of all however, was the chance to interact with students from other countries and learn something about their individual cultures.
At the end of it all, on the 26th. April 2009, we had to say goodbye and go back to our home countries. I came back to Kenya with a bronze medal having emerged third overall coupled with memories of an unforgettable experience. As I sat in the bus on my way back to the airport, I remember thinking how going to Precious Blood – Riruta has opened up so many opportunities for me and for other students.
Then I thought about all the things that make my school what it is: The amazing teachers who take their time to patiently drum knowledge into our heads, the students who apply themselves with great enthusiasm to all their activities, including, but not limited to academics, the challenges that mould character and the constant lessons that one gets inside and outside the classroom. I remember thinking: Gosh! I’m glad I went to Precious Blood.