Math Student of the Year Ricky Luo

South Pasadena Middle School honors top math students during ceremony at Open House

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Eighth grader Ricky Luo, second from left, was presented as Mathematician of the Year at South Pasadena Middle School. He led the South Pasadena Tiger Cub team in 10 local, state, and national events. He is joined by, from left, SPMS Principal Dave Kubela and math teachers Eric Aispuro and Dean McCoy.

Outstanding achievement in mathematics was recognized at the 31st annual South Pasadena Middle School Open House Awards ceremony on May 23.

Eighth grader Ricky Luo was presented as Mathematician of the Year.  He led the South Pasadena Tiger Cub team in 10 local, state, and national events.

The SPMS math team recently completed a very successful year.  SPMS 6th and 7th graders received Top Team recognition at the 33rd Los Angeles County Math Field Day.  The team ranked among the best in the state and nation in many events noted below.

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The United States Math Olympiad Committee sent a Commendation of Distinction to Luo and 8th graders Edward Zhou and Lev Tumaykin for ranking in the top 1% in the AMC8 math competition.  Sequoia Ding was sent a Certificate of Honor for excellence among 6th graders taking the 8th grade exam.  More information is available at

Rocket City Math challenges students with three rounds of problem solving.  The 7th graders ranked 2nd in the country, and the 8th graders were 3rd.  Eighth grader Chanyu Kim tied for 1st in the nation, and his teammates Noah Kuhn and Luo were among the top ten scoring individuals nationally.  Details are available at

SPMS 8th graders ranked sixth in the state in the California Math League while the 7th graders were 10th overall. Sixth grader Sequoia Ding ranked 5th in the state. Full details are available at:

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Eighth grade students at South Pasadena Middle School who placed first, second or third in at least one of the local, state, national or international competitions were honored, including: Emily Albornoz, Joseph Broderick, Kaden Chai, Bridget Chung, Adio Estridge, Chanyu Kim, Noah Kuhn, Cindy Li, Jason Liu, Miranda Liu, Michael Qi, Jack Riffle, Sasha Rolfe, Lev Tumaykin, Conner Wang, Ethan Xie, David Zhang, Edward Zhou, Lilian Zhu and Ricky Luo.

SIGMA is a national math competition headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska.  More than 2,000 students from 125 middle schools were challenged over a five month period.  SPMS 7th graders placed 2nd in the nation.  The combined scores of the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade ranked 4th in the U.S.  6th grader Alex Ninomiya, 7th grader Jackie Mancera, and 8th grader Ethan Xie tied for 2nd at their grade level.  For more information:

Highest Team Achievement awards were presented to all three SPMS grade level teams by the MATH OLYMPIAD.  Sixth grader Yunha Bae was awarded the George Lenchner medallion for five perfect rounds.   See for more information.

The Perennial is an online problem solving challenge emanating from Huntsville, Alabama.  Led by a perfect score from 8th grader Miranda Liu, the SPMS team ranked among the best in the nation.

PHOTO: Bill Glazier | | Sixth and seventh graders at South Pasadena Middle honored for their high achievement in mathematics include: (Sixth Grade) Yunha Bae, Ada Bild, Colette Carbonara, David Chong, Yunah Chung, Sequoia Ding, Ryan Estanislao, Yuuto Izumi, Mihilo Kato, Sydney Lee, Alsex Ninomiya and Katherine Tam. (Seventh Grade) Ryan Arlett, Jeff Chen, Andrew Jin, Anthony Kim, Jackie Mancera, Kenny McGregor, Thomas Uelmen and Erika Wang.