Nine students from the Hermosa Drive Elementary After School Math Club placed in the top 20 nationally in the prestigious International Math Kangaroo competition held March 17.

Ionel Tifrea coached the students, which included his daughter Anna in 4th grade along with several other 3rd- through 6th-grade students, throughout the school year to compete in the end-of-year Math Kangaroo competition. 

Ionel led practice sessions designed to help the students take a more structured, stepwise approach to solving a wide variety of math problems. 

Their diligence paid off, overall the club bettered its last year's Math Kangaroo scores by an average of 50%, while two 3rd graders and seven 4th graders--including Anna--scored in the top 20 nationally!

A news article recently appeared in the June Fullerton Observer, see page 11.