MISSISSAUGA — When Thomas Street Middle School teacher Darren Price got his four top students to enter the Canadian Scholastic Achievement Challenge, he expected them to do well.
"I knew they were smart," said Price, a math and science teacher.
The shock came when he was notified they'd won gold as the top team in Canada. Then he was told one member of the team had scored the highest individual mark in Canada out of some 9,000 participants.
The team of Daniel Niu, 12, and three 14-year-old girls, Michelle Zheng, and twins Vivian and Victoria Xia, surprised even themselves with their results.
Vivian had the highest score in Canada for the challenge, which is open to students in grades 6-8. Each student does the test online. The test is 100 multiple choice questions to be completed in one hour.
Daniel said the test was fun.
"It was a lot of random facts," he said.
"I was shocked we won," said Michelle.
Vivian received a trophy for being best in Canada.
"I like math and logic puzzles," she said.
Naturally, her parents were pleased.
"They bought us a cake to celebrate," said Victoria.
Each member of the team received a medal and the school will receive a plaque.