Houston Secondary School student Lena Brodie was celebrating quite the accomplishment after she found out she aced the Provincial Exam in mathematics.
It’s definitely not an easy thing to do, instructor Neal Currie said, who actually would have been more surprised to see if she hadn’t scored 100 per cent.
Math hasn’t always been a passion for Brodie, but as the years have gone by she began liking it more and more, she said, and it’s a subject she’s always found to be challenging, for sure, but fascinating as well.
“It’s always been somewhat easy for me,” Brodie said.
As her senior year comes to a close, she’s debating between a career in engineering or in attending medical school, but it’s a decision she hasn’t fully made yet. Either way, it’ll be quite the journey, and high school is just the beginning of her education.
While Currie is fairly new to HSS, in speaking with the former math teacher it’s said that HSS has never had a student score 100 per cent on their math final before. The exams have been running since the 1980’s, it’s a pretty difficult exam to ace. Of the 25 per cent of students in B.C. who decide to take Math 12, only a handful will score 100 per cent each year, so Brodie has landed a seat with a pretty distinguished group.
“She’s one of probably 10 or 20 in several thousand that managed this,” Currie said. “But I’m not surprised.”
Heading into the exam, Brodie wasn’t that nervous. Logarithms, trigonometry, probability, she knew the material, she said. With the revision they’d done in class she was pretty confident that she knew the course and could answer any questions that came up.
“It’s pretty heavy stuff,”Currie said.