Since 2012 MSN has been sponsoring an essay contest on Why Math is Important.  Only students that participated during the year in the program are eligible.

Winners of the essay contest can be seen online from 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 , 2017 and 2018  

Why Math is Important?

Math is a tool of science and important in our everyday lives.  Students can enter by submitting a 1 page essay or poem about “Why Math is Important.”  The style is up to the students, but judges will look at originality and creativity.  Drawings may decorate the entry.  The scholar program is named after Dana Raimondi who is committed to seeing children learn.


1. Competition is open to 6th grade students in selected elementary schools in Fremont Unified School District that participated in the Dana Raimondi Math Program to help children understand the basic principles of Algebra.
2.  Entry forms are provided by the Math Science Nucleus on the 4th lesson.
3. There must be a minimum of 15 entries per class.
4. Entries must be completed in pen or pencil on the paper provided. Entries will become property of the Math/Science Nucleus.
5. All entries are due no later than April 1,  unless your last lesson is in April.  Essays may also be submitted by the 5th lesson.  


1. Judging will be done by staff at the Math Science Nucleus.
2. Judges decisions are final. Judges will look for content, spelling, appropriateness of essay to the subject. Neatness and artistic ability will also be considered.


First place winners will receive a certificate and prize. There will be a winner for each class at each school.  All student entries will receive a small gift on the 5th math session. Winners will be notified in April.  Awards will be given at a reception (Pizza Party-dinner provided) in May  from 6-8 pm, at the Children’s Natural History Museum.  Dr. Morris, Dana Raimondi, and Karen Anderson will be in attendance.  Two people from the child’s family will be welcomed to attend, as well as teachers and principals.


All entries must include the student's full name, school, class, and teacher's name. Please print in pencil on the back of each entry.  Any questions please contact Dr. Joyce Blueford by phone (510) 790-6284 , fax (510) 790-6089, or email at