St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School Student Ranks First Nationwide in Math Competition


WATERTOWN — St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School (SSAES) announced this week the outstanding achievement of one of its students in the Math Kangaroo International Competition. Grade 4 student, Vartan Arakelian, was ranked first statewide and nationwide in the March contest.

“This is a great honor for Vartan, his family, and St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School. We are very proud of his exceptional performance,” stated Principal Houry Boyamian. This is the fourth year that students from SSAES have participated in this international math competition. Vartan also performed very well in 2016 and 2017, with 99 percentile both nationally and statewide.”

The international Math Kangaroo originated in Australia in 1980. Not only has it spread from country to country, but also the various countries in which the competition takes place work together each year on choosing the problems for the contest. It also takes place at the same time throughout the world. However, the results are not compared between various countries.

In 2017, more than 28,000 students participated nationwide in the competition covering 12 levels, of which 4,748 were fourth graders. The number of students taking the level 4 exam in Massachusetts in 2017 were 626, according to the official math Kangaroo website. Top prize winners will participate in the Award Ceremony on May 19, at Bridgewater State University.

St. Stephen’s Armenian Elementary School was founded in 1984 and serves students pre-kindergarten through grade five. To learn more about SSAES, visit

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