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Pictured Left to Right: Emma Hiros, Khadija Moosajee, Angela Barraclough (teacher), Alen Pjetrovic and DJ Stinson

Lakewood Elementary Students Awarded Title of Best Young Mathematicians in DFW — Students outsmarted the competition in the Explore Horizons Mathematicians’ Award Grand Final 

After two-months of working together to solve high-level math problems, the advanced students from Lakewood Elementary in the Hurst Euless Bedford district won the 3rd annual Explore Horizons Young Mathematicians’ Award last night at the Explore Horizons Tutoring and Enrichment Center in Colleyville.

Alen Pjetrovic, Khadija Moosajee, D.J. Stinson and Emma Hiros from Lakewood Elementary competed against teams from Bedford Heights Elementary, Richardson Classical Academy, Harrison Lane Elementary, and West Birdville Elementary in the final challenge. A total of 16 schools representing four school districts as well as area private schools competed in the math competitions held throughout North Texas over the past two months. 

The competition encourages students to collaborate using advanced problem solving abilities to answer applied math problems. Each problem is designed to help build the skills necessary to apply mathematical concepts to real world problems in students looking to pursue a future in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

“We are very proud of the students at Lakewood Elementary and congratulate them on their success,” said Belinda Southgate, Head of U.S. Marketing for Explore Horizons. “It is inspiring to see the motivation and genuine enthusiasm of each team as they work together through each step of the high-level problem. All teams demonstrated fantastic perseverance, critical-thinking and dedication and they should all be incredibly proud of themselves!”

Explore Horizons provides enrichment and tutoring in math, reading and writing, for children of all abilities in Pre-K through 8th grade. Children become members and attend an Explore Horizons center up to twice a week on a drop-in basis. At Explore Horizons, our tutors get to know each child as an individual. Whether they are finding school challenging or are at the top of the class, Explore Horizons tutoring centers are here to help children shine tomorrow by becoming fearless learners today. For more information visit