Throwback to an exciting part of my school days — math competitions! Wheee! 🙂 Sometimes, even the most handsome kid can make a mistake. 🙂
1. The Mystery of the Missing Page 2
Exam-type competition starts. I raised my hand to ask the proctor why after page 1, the next page is page 3. In full panic I asked out loud, “Ma’am where’s page 2? Everyone, are you all missing page 2?” She replied in a Jedi voice, “Page 2 is at the back of page 1, kid. Double-sided.”
There was 3-second pause, as if time stopped. Then everyone burst to laughter, including the cute girl of my dreams from the other school. All my manly-hood crushed.
— Division Energy Quiz: Rizal, Philippines (1998, Grade 10/Year 4) – won First Place
2. This Tie-Breaker is So Easy
Tie-breaker round for first place. Tension is in the air, like a slow-motion suspense thriller movie scene starring Liam Neeson. But I feel confident. I answered the question and it’s correct! “Woohoo!” I jumped to my seat: arms raised, closed-fists, closed eyes, savoring the moment, thanking the heavens like an Olympic athlete. Then I shook my opponent’s hand, my mind saying, “Pleasure to defeat you, other school guy.” It’s over and I win. I can imagine balloons and confetti and champagne popping everywhere.
(*Microphone speaker feedback.*) “As I said earlier,” the quiz master interrupted, “there are 5 questions. You need to score 3 to win. That was just the first question. Please be seated.”
The balloons and confetti and champagne disappeared to thin air. I went back to my seat scratching the back of my head in a red smiling face. I’m just being friendly, you know. Nice to meet you, other school guy. I’m just testing you (making a peace sign like a Korean photo shoot). Let’s continue the quiz hehehe. 🙂
— Division Mathematics Quiz, Rizal, Philippines (1997, Grade 9/Year 3) – won First Place
(To be continued..)