By Jeanine Kim ’20
Several members of the Math Club participated at the MathCounts State Competition on March 12. The team, comprised of Tyler Weigand ’21, Ryan Tsai ’21, Jacky Zhang ’21 and William Tao ‘21, and one individual, Lyon Chung ’21, represented the school at the Southern California state competition. The team placed seventh out of 32 teams. These members qualified for state by performing well at the Chapter Competition on Feb. 25. The team took first, Chung scored high enough to advance to the next round and Weigand was the top scorer of the entire tournament. The club is led by math teacher Karen Salerno and Esmeralda Muñoz.
“[I’m proud] that they broke into the top 10 teams, which hasn’t been done at our school,” Salerno said.
MathCounts is a national competition for middle school students who are interested in competitive math. There are two rounds for all competitors, team members and individuals alike, which are the sprint and targets rounds. The team round is an additional part for the team that consists of ten problems for the four students work on together. The countdown round is an extra round for the top 12 competitors, where students quickly solve math problems under a time limit against their opponent.
“MathCounts was fun because I got to solve math problems with my team,” Chung said.