N.S. math prodigy chasing dream of being on Staff Canada in Olympiad
Math Club and Olympiad

N.S. math prodigy chasing dream of being on Staff Canada in Olympiad

Maria Mihai and her mom had been overwhelmed with pleasure once they discovered years of dedication to enhancing her math expertise had paid off.

N.S. math prodigy chasing dream of being on Staff Canada in Olympiad

“We each simply began screaming,” mentioned 14-year-old Mihai of passing the Canadian Open Math Problem this week.

The competitors is hosted by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS), and profitable it comes with an opportunity for Mihai to earn a spot on Staff Canada within the Math Olympiad. Of the 8,000 college students who enter, solely round 50 are supplied the prospect to jot down the group choice take a look at which is going down this weekend.

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“I believe in fourth grade, a instructor at Dalhousie, she was holding a math membership and she or he was speaking about it, and I talked to my mother about doing it,” mentioned Mihai, a pupil at Lockview Excessive College.

“The competition is for the most effective 15 women in Canada, so I’m actually excited,” mentioned Mihai.

Mihai has all the time had a ardour and expertise for math — a trait that runs in her household.

“My grandmother really teaches math and she or he used to present classes to me once I was youthful,” she mentioned, “and my mother and father are each actually, actually good as nicely.”

A younger Maria Mihai is seen at a “Girls Studying Code” convention in an undated picture.


Over time, Mihai has participated in lots of math-related workshops and competitions.


Maria Mihai received the primary prize on the creative bridge Engineers NS competitors on the Halifax Central Public Library in 2018.



Maria Mihai exhibits off her plaques from math competitions in 2018.



Maria Mihai is seen enjoying chess on the Halifax Central Library in 2019.


She credit her mother and father and youthful sister Ana to supporting and inspiring her all through the years.

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Ana Mihai shares her sister’s ardour for math.

“Between me and my sister, it’s going to be a bit tense. At any time when she does a kind of actually huge contests I’m like, ‘come on, you bought to do it actually good,’” mentioned Ana.

She mentioned it’s necessary that Maria does nicely, “in any other case, I’m going to be like: ‘nicely, if my sister can’t do it, I’m by no means going to do it,’” she mentioned.

Ana (left) and Maria Mihai (proper) are seen with their certificates from two math competitions in 2018.


Maria mentioned regardless that she could not win a spot on this 12 months’s Olympiad, she is wanting ahead to seeing the place she will be able to enhance. “Now that I do know I can do that, it’ll be higher if I ready extra,” she mentioned.

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She is encouraging others to place themselves on the market and decide to one thing they’re keen about.

“You don’t need to be petrified of failure, everybody has a place to begin.”

She mentioned “follow actually does make you fairly near excellent.”

Editor’s notice: This text was up to date Jan. 26 with a correction to mirror that the Canadian Open Math Problem competitors is hosted by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

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