Richmond students excel at Canadian national math championships

A group of Richmond students emerged as National Champions at the 13th Canadian National & 5th British Columbia Provincial Mental Math Competition last month.

The students heralded from UCMAS Richmond a globally recognized and scientifically proven development program based on mental math and abacus for children aged 4-13 years.

Among those who were recognized for their achievements was Lexi Ong, a student at William Bridge Elementary School Richmond, who was crowned the Canadian National Champion in all three categories she participated in – Visual, Listening & Flash.

Five other students from Richmond - Carson Lam, Dywonne Calamiong, Keenan Guevarra, Lorenzo Lachica and Shane Liam So - were also crowned National Champions in the Visual Competition.

In total more than 5700 students from across Canada participated in the annual competition which provides UCMAS students with an opportunity to compete in their respective categories and be recognized for their excellence.

At the competition, which tests speed and accuracy in arithmetic, the students get eight minutes to solve as many as 150-200 math questions. The math questions include numeric calculations of multiple rows and columns that require students to calculate at a rate faster than using a calculator.

It’s a great example of the skills that students can learn at UCMAS (Universal Concept of Mental Arithmetic System), an abacus based system that is proven to help improve cognitive skills such as focus, concentration, memory retention, listening, multitasking as well as confidence.

“We are so proud of all of our students who took part in June’s competition,” says Krishna Kumar, Director of UCMAS Richmond. “Their success is a testament to the hard work and dedication they’ve put into studies that has furnished them with the skills that are crucial to success in all areas of study and in daily life.”

UCMAS is proven to enhance not just the mental math calculating skills of children but also their concentration, focus, memory, retention capacity, listening skills, speed and accuracy. To find out more visit, call 604-248-7575 or email


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