Students honored at Kumon award ceremony
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April 30, 2011 at 10 p.m.
Updated April 29, 2011 at 11:30 p.m.
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More than 100 people attended the annual awards ceremony for the top students attending the Kumon Math and Reading Center of Victoria.
The event at the Johnson Symposium on April 16, welcomed new students and recognized students advanced one year and two years above grade level. Students pursuing either math or reading received gold, silver or bronze medals based on length of enrollment, merit, and effort.
Other honors included: G by 5 for studying algebra by fifth grade and J by 5 for the student embarking on Shakespearean works by fifth grade.
Kevin Nguyen and Reina Hingoranee have permanent places on the "Kumon Wall of Success" for attaining these benchmarks in the Kumon curriculum.
Finally, those students who personify the core principles of Kumon - confidence, focus, discipline, time-management, and above all, persistence - were honored with both trophies and medals. The recipients of Toru's Top 10 were Juan Llompart, Jon Gonzales, Anna Llompart, Lilly Bhatia, Myla Wolf, Kala Nguyen, Kevin Nguyen, Neha Chandna, Karishma Parikh, and Mariana Velasquez. The students were also presented with "Be Truly Amazing" T-shirts.
Three kindergarteners - Joseph Bautista, Myla Wolf, and Anna Llompart - read books to the audience at the ceremony.
Center Director Radhika Hingoranee addressed how students of the same age work in Kumon on vastly different worksheets based on their own individual skill level.
The best method of teaching is to differentiate the lessons based on the individual students. A one-size-fits-all education-equation does not work for all students, Hingoranee said.