2019 ABACUS SKILLS CHALLENGE WINNERS

2019 ABACUS CHALLENGE WINNERS|Taichi Sugiyama|Luka Shimokawa|Airi Sakuma|Carla Dunn

Abacus by Wallis’ annual Skills Challenge was held last month, and saw determined students aged four to 13 battling for the top spot by testing their abacus skills to the max. PakMag chatted to the proud winners about what they think of Abacus and what they’d like to be when they grow up.


Taichi Sugiyama

MOST VALUABLE CHALLENGER – GRADE A AND MENTAL SKILLS DIVISION

How old are you? 12 years old.
What is your favourite thing about Abacus? “My favourite thing about it is the way that the word abacus sounds, and it is fun to learn.”
What is the hardest thing about Abacus and how did you overcome it? “Dividing can be really hard because there are a lot of steps involved, but I just keep trying until I figure it out.”
What is your dream? “I want to be a scientist because I am interested in biology.”

Taichi Sugiyama


Luka Shimokawa

MOST VALUABLE CHALLENGER – GRADE B

How old are you? 11 years old.
What is your favourite thing about Abacus? “My favourite thing is when you finally finish a challenging sum you’ve been trying to figure out for a while. It’s a great achievement”
What is the hardest thing about Abacus and how did you overcome it? “The hardest thing about Abacus is probably Division, it can take a while to figure out the sum, but if I keep practicing it I will become better at it.”
What is your dream? “My dream is to become an artist. I really love drawing.”

Luka Shimokawa


Airi Sakuma

MOST VALUABLE CHALLENGER – GRADE C

How old are you? 9 years old.
What is your favourite thing about Abacus? “My favourite thing is definitely division, I think it’s lots of fun to do.”
What is the hardest thing about Abacus and how did you overcome it? “Multiplying can be hard, but I just keep trying and learning until I get the answer.”
What is your dream? “I would love to be a pianist because I love music and playing the piano.”

Airi Sakuma


Carla Dunn

MOST VALUABLE CHALLENGER – GRADE D

How old are you? 9 years old.
What is your favourite thing about Abacus? “It’s a fun thing to do, and I like to work out the answers to the questions.”
What is the hardest thing about Abacus and how did you overcome it? “The Maths can be difficult. I just take a deep breath and concentrate, and I keep thinking until I work it out.”
What is your dream? “I want to be a teacher when I grow up because I like being in the company of kids, and I like working with kids too.”

Carla Dunn


Want to learn more? Head to www.abacusbywallis.com or call Yoriko on 0437 600 229.

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